Warner Bros. Pictures is reportedly pursuing Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio to play the part of The Joker in the upcoming standalone film about the origins of the Batman villain says Heat Vision.
Todd Phillips (“The Hangover”) will direct the film which DiCaprio’s longtime collaborator Martin Scorsese will produce, with Scorsese’s involvement hoping to be a draw for the 42-year-old actor to take on the role.
Sources for the trade say there has been no formal offer to DiCaprio yet, nor has Scorsese’s deal to produce closed as yet. Even so, it offers an idea of the level of prestige Warners is going for with the project.
The story, the first film under a new banner of movies separate from the DCEU continuity, is said to be a gritty hard-boiled crime film set in an early 1980s Gotham City and meant to evoke the grounded feel of Scorsese’s films like “Taxi Driver”.
Phillips is currently co-writing the script with Scott Silver. No production dates have yet been set.