Jared Leto to lead new Joker spin-off film

He will reportedly star in and executive produce the new Suicide Squad spin-off

Jared Leto‘s Joker is set to get his own movie. The actor, who played the Batman super-villain in the 2016’s  Suicide Squad, will reportedly star in and executive produce a new standalone film.

As Variety reports, Leto will helm the new Joker film from Warner Bros, which is currently untitled. The studios are apparently looking to expand on Suicide Squad, with the possibility for further future instalments.  This comes after Warner Bros announced plans for Margot Robbie’s own version of Harley Quinn, a project she has been working on for several years. The studio’s next goal is apparently to secure a Jared Leto-helmed Joker film.

Jared Leto’s own Joker spin-off will be a separate endeavour to Todd Phillips and and Martin Scorsese’s Joker origin movie, which is set to depict the villain as a stand-up comic. Joaquin Phoenix is reportedly slated for the lead role.

Further details about Leto’s Joker film remain unconfirmed, with no director, producer, or scriptwriter currently attached to the project.  With the previously announced Suicide Squad sequel rumoured for production sometime in 2019, it is also unclear exactly when filming would begin.

Elsewhere, Jared Leto apparently wants to play Jeff Buckley in a biopic, with Christian Bale also interested in the role.

He recently faced accusations of white-washing over his role in the Yakuza thriller ‘The Outsider’. The movie stars Leto as Nick Lowell, an American soldier imprisoned in Japan following the end of World War II. The film was criticised for its focus on a white role in a story set in Asia.