There’s yet another twist in the development of the upcoming Joker origin movie.
This afternoon, a report claimed that Warner Bros. was eyeing The Revenant’s Leonardo DiCaprio for the role of the Joker for a film that would reunite the star with Martin Scorsese, who is set to produce the project. However, a new report from The Wrap is saying that’s simply untrue.
According to an insider, the suggestion that DiCaprio is going to play the Joker is pretty much false. The site notes that it’s unlikely DiCaprio would take the role — while the mere prospect of having multiple Jokers has reportedly gone over poorly with Suicide Squad’s Joker, Jared Leto.
While it’s suggested that Warner Bros. did bring Scorsese onto the project to possibly attract DiCaprio, a frequent collaborator, an actual deal is a long shot. Scorsese is still in the early stages of involvement with the film, so it’s too soon to expect accurate casting news.
Todd Phillips and Scott Silver remain dedicated to the film as co-writers, while Silver also plans to direct. What will ultimately come from Scorsese’s involvement has yet to be seen.
In the meantime, Leto is expected to reprise his role as the Joker in the sequel to Suicide Squad, as well as the recently-announced Harley Quinn and Joker film.
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