The star of Walk the Line and Gladiator is nearly unrecognizable as The Joker.
Joaquin Phoenix has a reputation for burying himself in the roles he plays, but an Instagram post of Phoenix portraying "Arthur" has everyone doing a double take. The photo was posted by Todd Phillips, the director of the upcoming Joker movie, to his Instagram account.
There is something very creepy and kind of sad about Phoenix, who has clearly slimmed way down for the role.
Some photos are coming out on set.
#JoaquinPhoenix spotted on the set of the upcoming #TheJoker movie https://t.co/f0RnZo3Lfi https://t.co/WeoeRVJ4Xn— ET Canada (@ET Canada)1537128400.0
The first set photos for Joaquin Phoenix’s ‘JOKER’ have been officially released. (Source: @JustJared) https://t.co/lhnZgfMbrA— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm)1537124830.0
People aren't sure what to make of this.
I'm just gonna tweet "What the fuck is this movie?!" every time there's new updates on this film. https://t.co/l0vTMgELsU— Kayleigh Donaldson (@Kayleigh Donaldson)1537127598.0
@Ceilidhann A sequel to "Signs" where we find out that his character's encounter with the aliens drove him slowly insane.— Martianman (@Martianman)1537148872.0
@Ceilidhann This must be about #TheJoker the smoker, the midnight toker and not #Batman right???? RIGHT???? #WhySoSerious— Safe Space Potty (@Safe Space Potty)1537144644.0
@Ceilidhann So is this like an alternate universe where Andy Kaufman didn't die and instead became the Joker? I can kinda get behind that.— Fwestivus (@Fwestivus)1537131518.0
@Ceilidhann I’m actually excited for this movie and I can’t wait to see Joaquin Phoenix’s rendition of The Joker! N… https://t.co/1QovSDhICM— J2008 (@J2008)1537153947.0
@Ceilidhann He looks pretty creepy, which is a great start. Can’t wait to see this!— Perry (@Perry)1537153344.0
@Ceilidhann I'm so confused. Joaquin Phoenix is going to be in an adaptation of the Steve Miller Band song?— Jordan Z. Adler (@Jordan Z. Adler)1537129969.0
@Ceilidhann He looks like Jim Carrey in Man on the Moon!— Edwin Davies (@Edwin Davies)1537127698.0
Some folks were already guessing what look Phoenix's Joker may take on.
I heard there's a new #Joker in town #JoaquinPhoenix https://t.co/77u5uGJMRT— Syn (@Syn)1537130922.0
And drawing comparisons with some mighty big shoes to fill.
Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker gives me strong Jack Nicholson vibes https://t.co/bPYucxgeYS— Luke Mears (@Luke Mears)1537132883.0
@Serum_Lake He looks awesome. Joaquin is such a talent too I just know he'll own the role. I see some Heath Ledger… https://t.co/6NRIwdcysD— thenightlights (@thenightlights)1537197142.0
I'd love to see something midway between Ledger's performance in The Dark Knight, and Robin Williams in One Hour Ph… https://t.co/CH8mDw9nt8— a tribe called queso (@a tribe called queso)1537132056.0
@Serum_Lake I don’t envy the actor who plays this role. Everyone will immediately compare them to Heath Ledger. It’… https://t.co/50qHcCJ4ju— Jared Tait (@Jared Tait)1537170026.0
People are on the fence about the production but most think Phoenix can handle the role.
This Joker film is not something I originally supported...hate the idea of giving him a origin and calling him Arth… https://t.co/l3rvFNvgLw— Adam (RadDad) (@Adam (RadDad))1537134691.0
I'm very optimistic, given that Joaquin Phoenix is a very great actor. Altho i think a movie about the origin story… https://t.co/rpUENIWmB5— Anjo (@Anjo)1537134692.0
We have a feeling we'll be getting a lot of "sneak peeks" like the one below.
A new set video from Todd Philips’ ‘JOKER’ starring Joaquin Phoenix has been officially released. (Source:… https://t.co/DOvZs8GnYW— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm)1537128542.0
@DiscussingFilm @Pagmyst @DailyMail This actually looks really good! I don’t even care if it’s in the DCEU or not.… https://t.co/gGIwYQgu6p— Corvus Corax (@Corvus Corax)1537133889.0
@DiscussingFilm @DailyMail Oh my god he looks crazed. This is very, very interesting. Optimism rising.— Jordan D. Mertens (@Jordan D. Mertens)1537141862.0
@DiscussingFilm @EHTcomics @DailyMail Is this really happening? I hope so! Looks good really good so far!— BATTHOUNND (@BATTHOUNND)1537148809.0
Oh, it's happening all right!