Marc Maron is the latest actor to join the ‘Joker’ movie, which stars Joaquin Phoenix as the iconic villain.
The origins movie will be directed by The Hangover’s Todd Phillips and is expected to hit cinemas on October 4 2019.
Robert De Niro and Frances Conroy have already been announced as cast members for the project and now Maron is reportedly signing up for the flick.
According to Variety, he’ll be playing an agent who books Phoenix’s character on Robert De Niro’s talk show. It’s this booking that eventually causes him to go mad and become the Joker.
The film’s budget is a modest $55million so it’s expected that the DC movie will leave out the big actions sequences in favour of concentrating how the Joker eventually came to be Batman’s ultimate foe.
Warner Bros have described the film as an “exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.”
The script has been co-written by Phillips and Scott Silver – who was behind the Eminem-starring movie ‘8 Mile’. Speaking of the project, Phoenix said, ““Three or four years ago, I called my agent and said ‘Why don’t they want to take one of these characters and just make a lower budget film about it, a movie but a character study, and why not take one of the villains?’ And I thought, ‘You can’t do the Joker, because, you know, it’s just you can’t do that character, it’s just been done.'”
“He seems to have a very interesting understanding of this world and what he’s trying to say,” Phoenix said of his work with director Phillips.
“And so there is something very appealing about that and working with him on this particular project. It feels unique, it is its own world in some ways, and maybe, mostly, it scares the fucking shit out of me or something. It might as well be the thing that scares you the most.”