The first trailer for the upcoming Joker film starring Joaquin Phoenix has been released.

The film has been co-written by Phillips and Scott Silver, the man previously behind 8 Mile. Warner Bros. confirmed the news that Phoenix signed on to the role and described the film as “exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study but also a broader cautionary tale.”

Now, after weeks of leaked images and clips, we’re treated to a first official glimpse of Phoenix in the iconic colours of the Joker.

“My mother always tells me to smile and put on a happy face,” Phoenix as Arthur Fleck says in a voiceover. “She told me I had a purpose, to bring laughter and joy to the world.”

He adds: “I used to think my life was a tragedy. But now I realise, it’s a comedy,” he adds while eating and donning the slicked back green hair in the clip.

Here it is:

The Crown Prince Of Crime film has seen its cast grow repeatedly having already recruited Robert De Niro who will play the role of a talk show host who is instrumental in the Joker’s origin.

Phoenix will become the fifth actor to portray the villain in live action with a new character and design set to follow. On top of that, there’s some speculation that Warner is plotting a second Joker movie with Jared Leto tipped to play the role.

Zazie Beetz, best known for her role of Vanessa “Van” Keefer on television series Atlanta, is also in talks to join Joaquin Phoenix’s ‘Joker’ origin movie.

Beetz, who also played the role of Marvel Comics character Domino in Deadpool 2, could be set to co-star alongside Phoenix.

It is believed the budget for the film is in excess of $55million which is a somewhat modest figure in comparison to other productions of the same ilk.

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