Alec Baldwin leaves 'Joker' movie

Posted on JAN 31, 2019

Baldwin was reportedly set to play Thomas Wayne, Bruce Wayne's father, in the film.

Alec Baldwin is leaving theJoker movie just two days after it was announced he would be joining the cast, according to Collider.

Baldwin was reportedly set to play Thomas Wayne, Batman/Bruce Wayne's father, in the film, which stars Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker.
The part was previously offered to Viggo Mortensen, who declined.

According toThe Hollywood Reporter,this version of the Wayne patriarch was meant to be played as a cheesy, tanned businessman stereotypical of the 1980s.

He tweeted on Wednesday that he had "NOT been hired to play a role inTodd Phillips' JOKER as someDonald Trump manqu."

Baldwin cited scheduling conflicts as the reason he could not take part in the project.

"There are 25 guys who can play that part," he said.

Production of the film is expected to begin next month in New York and star Robert De Niro, Zazie Beets, and Marc Maron, with an expected October 2019 release date.

Jokeris being written by Philips and Scott Silveri and promises to be "an exploration of a man disregarded by society that is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale." The origin story is set in the 1980s, with a dark tone and crime thriller vibe, according to Collider, promising to be a very different take on the Joker's character and his story than audiences have previously seen.