Shared by Phillips on Instagram, the image shows Joaquin Phoenix, who stars as the Clown Prince of Crime, looking into a mirror and applying makeup. In response to a question on the post about the film's rating, Phillips replied, "It will be Rated R. I’ve been asked this a lot. Just assumed people knew. Sorry."
That rating shouldn't come as a surprise to those who've been following the progress of the film, which is said to be a dark, gritty take on the Clown Prince of Crime. The movie's first trailer confirmed it's set in the 1980s and will feature the Wayne Family. Co-star Marc Maron has described Joker as "an origin story and a character study of a mentally ill person that becomes The Joker."
Directed by Todd Phillips, Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais and Shea Whigham. The film arrives in theaters Oct. 4.