Alec Baldwin has shot down reports from earlier this week that he’s been cast in the role of Thomas Wayne, father of future Batman character Bruce Wayne, in the upcoming “Joker” origin film at Warner Bros. Pictures.
Joaquin Phoenix leads the cast of the $55 million crime drama film which deals with the origins of the Clown Prince of Crime who serves as the main antagonist to Batman in the DC Comics titles. Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Marc Maron and Josh Pais are also onboard.
The initial report in the trades suggested a change up from previous depictions of Thomas Wayne, this one to be a “cheesy and tanned businessman who is more in the mold of a 1980s Donald Trump.” That report hit late Monday, but today Baldwin shot down the report in a tweet saying:
“Let me state, for the record, that I have NOT been hired to play a role in Todd Phillips’ JOKER as some Donald Trump manque. That is not happening. Not. Happening.”
That led to the question – is he dismissing the whole casting report or just the Trump-esque take on the character? In a follow-up to USA Today he confirms it was the whole report – saying he was originally going to do it but bowed out due to scheduling issues:
“I’m no longer doing that movie. I’m sure there are 25 guys who can play that part.”
The new film is about to begin shooting next month for an October 2019 release.