Leonardo DiCaprio to play the Joker in new origin film?
Warner Bros. had recently announced that they are making a movie about the origin story of Joker. Legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese is also said to be involved as a producer. According to latest reports, Oscar Award winner Leonardo DiCaprio has emerged as the front runner for the role of the Joker.
Reports started surfacing only recently, with DC Films and Warner Bros. said to be developing a 1980s-set film about the iconic villain. The movie is to be directed by Todd Phillips, known for helming the Hangover series. How he fits into this big shift toward serious film making, considering he’s best known for the Hangover films, isn’t quite clear.
“The chances of landing DiCaprio could be slim to none. But the attempt in itself sends a signal to talent that Warners wants to hire serious filmmakers to make serious films,” THR reported.
If Leonardo DiCaprio officially signs the project, it would be the his first ever foray into the comic book movie world. Martin Scorsese’s presence as an executive producer is said to be the major reason behind Di Caprio coming on board. The legendary pair have famously worked together on movies like of The Aviator, Gangs of New York, The Departed and The Wolf of Wall Street.