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New Batman Movie: Meet the Cast of 'Joker'

Alec Baldwin, Joaquin Phoenix, and other stars have been tapped for the latest 'Batman' project.

UPDATE: On August 29, Alec Baldwin told USA Today that he has withdrawn from his role in the upcoming "Joker" film.

Alec Baldwin became the newest cast member of Warner Bros.' latest DC Comics project, "Joker," with the Hollywood Reporter announcing that he will play Bruce Wayne's father, Thomas Wayne. This "Batman" project (written and directed by "The Hangover" director Todd Phillips), which focuses on the origin story of Gotham's most notorious villain, has already cast Joaquin Phoenix as its leading character, as well as a host of other stars. Here, a closer look at the cast.

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Alec Baldwin poses in the press room at the 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic) Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic ALEC BALDWIN In late August, THR reported that Baldwin will play Bruce Wayne's father, Thomas Wayne – a recurring figure in the Batman mythos, whose death is one of the main catalysts for Bruce turning to a life of fighting crime. According to THR's sources, Baldwin's character is written as "a cheesy and tanned businessman, more in the mold of a 1980s Donald Trump." (Wonder where they got that idea?) BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 20: Joaquin Phoenix is seen at the 'Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot' press conference during the 68th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at Grand Hyatt Hotel on February 20, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage) Dominique Charriau/WireImage JOAQUIN PHOENIX Earlier this summer, THR confirmed rumors that Joaquin Phoenix would play the Joker, the notorious Batman villain. In a recent interview with Indie Wire, Phoenix said he "could care less" about how people will judge his interpretation of the iconic role (previously played by Hollywood heavyweights like Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger, and Jared Leto), stating, "I don’t really think that much about what people think. Who cares, who cares? My approach to every movie is the same. What I’m interested in is the filmmaker and the idea of the character.”

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