Mr. Alec Baldwin has officially pulled out of his role in the upcoming movie on the Joker character in the eponymous film, Joker. Previously, the actor was slated to play Bruce Wayne’s father, Thomas.
During a chat with reporters from USA Today, the actor said he was “no longer doing that movie,” due to scheduling problems. The actor remarked that there is probably a plethora of men who can take that same part.
Baldwin, 60, was supposed to work alongside the Academy Award winner, Joaquin Phoenix, who will play the villain in the upcoming production, directed and co-written by the director, Todd Phillips, perhaps most known for his work in the Hangover.
The movie will come out on the 4th of October, 2019, and will feature Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, and Marc Maron – the comedian who hosts WTF With Marc Maron.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Alec Baldwin was cast as Thomas Wayne due to his portrayals of Donald Trump in the latest SNL sketches. In the new Joker movie, Alec portrays Thomas, who is a larger-than-life businessman who resembles a 1980’s-style Donald Trump.
As it was previously reported, Joker is eagerly anticipated by comic book fans, as well as fans of traditional cinema, because of the reputation of Joaquin Phoenix as one of the greatest actors out right now.
The last actor to take on the role was Jared Leto, who portrayed a quasi-gangster with mentally sadistic tendencies. While it garnered acclaim from fans, the movie was a disappointment with the critics. However, the film was a box-office success, grossing over $700 million.
It was a tough role for the actor to take on. Heath Ledger was the last person to characterize the Joker in Batman: The Dark Knight, back in 2008, shortly before his death.
Heath went on to win a posthumous Academy Award. Unfortunately, Heath died due to an overdose on prescription drugs shortly before the movie was released.