Robert De Niro Currently In Talks To Join Joaquin Phoenix In "Joker"

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Robert De Niro is in negotations for a role as a talk show host in Warner Bros.'s 2019 Joker film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Hangover's Todd Phillips is scheduled to begin filming Joker this September, based on a script by himself and Scott Silver.

Though this would mark the veteran's first comic book movie, it's reportedly very different from the typical DC Universe flick.

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Sources say De Niro would be portraying a talk-show host who plays a part in driving Phoenix's character to go mad and become the Clown Prince of Crime.

Originally, the project could have once again reunited De Niro with frequent collaborator Martin Scorsese (De Niro stars in the director's next film The Irishman), but EW has confirmed that the filmmaker is no longer on board as a producer. Let us know what you think about this news in the COMMENTS section below, and please do not forget to LIKE and SHARE this video on your social media. We recently reported that Zazie Beetz (Deadpool 2) is in talks for the movie as well.

Joker releases into theaters on October 4, 2019.

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The film has a smaller budget ("only" about $55 million) and is expected to be darker than the other Warner Bros.

Joker begins filming this fall in NY and arrives in theaters on October 4, 2019.

I have to assume that casting someone of De Niro's caliber is an attempt from the filmmakers that we should be taking this movie seriously, but frankly, it seems a little too on the nose.

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Now, you may be able to put one more feather in the film's cap.

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