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Sorry, Jared Leto Fans: Joaquin Phoenix in Talks to Star in Joker Movie

Stephanie Topacio Long

People weren't necessarily thrilled to hear that the Joker is getting a standalone movie, but fans can rest assured that the supervillain will be played by a talented actor. While "Suicide Squad" star Jared Leto isn't reprising the role in this particular project, another Academy Award winner is poised to take over.

Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to star in the standalone Joker movie, Variety reports. After meeting with director Todd Phillips, he has reportedly decided he wants the part. That's just as well, because he is said to be the helmer's top choice. Leonardo DiCaprio was previously said to be in consideration.

Fans like the idea of Pheonix as the Joker, if Twitter activity is any indication. Although a lot of people are still wary of the project, news of Phoenix's potential involvement has done a lot to quell their aversion.