Last month, it was reported that long time Martin Scorsese collaborator Robert De Niro was being eyed to join the cast of Todd Phillip’s upcoming Joker origin movie. Many assumed that the high caliber actor would be playing DC Comics crime boss Carine Falcone. However, that was never more than pure speculation.
Now our friends over at That Hashtag Show have confirmed while De Niro has joined the cast. He will not be playing the crime kingpin originally played by Tom Wilkinson in Batman Begins. The actor will be playing Murray Franklin based on the character breakdowns recently released.
De Niro as well as Scorsese may have been interested in the tale of the Clown Prince of Crime due to their work on King of Comedy. How a struggling stand-up comic wishes he could have his own talk show. We at Omega Underground have learned production begins this September in New York. Joker will also be under the working title of Romeo throughout filming.
Joaquin Phoenix has been cast as the Joker himself. With Zazie Beetz (Deadpool 2) recently announced as his love interest as they live in the Lower East Side of New York.
Joker will hit theaters October 4th, 2019