Warner Bros. Eyeing 'IT' Star Bill Skarsgard For Young 'Joker' Origin Film; Get The Details
Following the recent incredible success of the Stephen King adaptation of IT over the weekend. Warner Bros. is on a roll this year with Wonder Woman ruling the Summer movie season box office and now IT's looking to destroy any and all September records as well.
As many of you know, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment just made massive headlines with their announcement that their are developing a "Young Joker Origin" stand-alone film set in the 80s, produced by Martin Scorsese, and will be helmed by War Dogs and Hangover Trilogy director Todd Phillips.
This crazy out of the blue plan by the studio has created a very divisive outlook from DC fans and even the current DCEU Joker, Jared Leto.
While no casting decision has been announced, the studio has revealed that Leonardo DiCaprio is their number one choice to play The Joker, which is a super duper long shot. They are of course looking at a ton of other talented actors who could possibly take on the legendary role of The Joker.
Now it appears as though Warner Bros. is considering keeping the choice of the actor in house, as the success of Andrés Muschietti's IT adaptation has suddenly catapulted Pennywise actor Bill Skarsgard into a potentially new household name/movie star.
According to a trusted source, Warner Bros. is now eyeing the rising star as their first choice to play the Crown Prince of Crime in the Martin Scorsese produced Joker origin film, that is if Dicaprio passes, which he most likely will.
Warner Bros. declined to comment, and representatives for Scorsese and Phillips did not immediately respond to request for comment.
In a recent interview, Skarsgard even compared his Pennywise performance to Heath Leger's Joker from The Dark Knight Saying:
"Where I went with it was like, ‘What’s the most horrible thing that could happen here?’ And then I’d do that,"
Given the overwhelming success of Warner Bros. IT film over the weekend and Skarsgard's fame on the rise, this possible casting of Skarsgard as a young Joker fits quite well and could potentially be a genius marketing move by the studio.
Even though Warner Bros. has stated that the Joker origin film would not connect to the DC Extended Cinematic universe, Skarsgard's resemblance to Jared Leto would no doubt help the casual movie going audience accept that fact that we would have two different Joker's on the big-screen at the same time.
So what are your thoughts? Do you like the idea of Bill Skarsgard taking on the Clown Prince of Crime Prince so soon after starring as another hugely popular "Clown" in Pennywise? Let us know in the comments section down below.
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