Alec Baldwin has confirmed that he won’t be doing the Todd Phillips-directed Joker movie, only two days after reports emerged of him joining the production.
An anonymous source told the Hollywood Reporter that Baldwin will be playing the role of Thomas Wayne, the father of Batman / Bruce Wayne. It was also described that the movie will interpret Baldwin’s character as “a cheesy and tanned businessman who is more in the mold of a 1980s Donald Trump.”
Baldwin first denied his involvement in the Warner Bros movie through 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.”
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.
— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) August 29, 2018
He confirmed the cancellation to USA Today, citing scheduling issues. “I’m no longer doing that movie,” said Baldwin. “I’m sure there are 25 guys who can play that part.”
The upcoming Joker movie was officially described as the following: “Under the direction of Todd Phillips, the film centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of a man disregarded by society is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.”
Joaquin Phoenix is set to play the title character. Robert de Niro, Zazie Beetz and Marc Maron have also been signed to star in the movie.