Alec Baldwin’s role in Todd Phillips’ Joker origin movie was only revealed earlier this week, but the story has already changed. Now, Baldwin has revealed that he has dropped out of the film in which he was reportedly slated to play Thomas Wayne, the father of Batman himself, Bruce Wayne.
"I'm no longer doing that movie," said Baldwin in an interview with USA Today. "I'm sure there are 25 guys who can play that part.”
Baldwin went on to cite scheduling conflicts as the reason for his departure from the film. The role of Thomas Wayne itself has also been somewhat contentious, as it was recently revealed that Viggo Mortensen was once tapped to play the Wayne patriarch but opted to turn the part down.
The role is also reportedly very different from what comic books readers are likely expecting. The same report that claimed Baldwin had boarded the project also came with a brief description of the Thomas Wayne character, describing the father of Batman as a “cheesy” businessman in the vein of “1980s Donald Trump.” Baldwin is known for his vicious portrayal of Trump on Saturday Night Live, which would have made him a natural fit for the role.
Directed and co-written by Todd Phillips, the yet-to-be-titled Joker movie stars Joaquin Phoenix as the titular character, along with Robert De Niro, Alec Baldwin, Marc Maron, Frances Conroy and Zazie Beetz. The film has a scheduled release date of Oct. 4, 2019.