ComicBook.com has confirmed that The Dark Knight Rises star Brett Cullen has been cast as Thomas Wayne in Todd Phillips’ Joker.
Brett Cullen takes over the role of Batman’s father, Thomas Wayne, after Alec Baldwin had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. Details on Thomas Wayne’s role in the film are currently unknown, though the character was previously reported to be based on Donald Trump and would play a role in the Joker’s origin.
Brett Cullen is also known for playing a Congressman in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises.
The outlet’s sources also state that the film has not made an official MPAA target rating, though Joker will have “several intense and violent story beats” that could lead to an R-rating.
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The project is said to follow the Clown Prince of Crime as failed comedian during the 1980s in Gotham City.
Directed by Todd Phillips from a script he co-wrote with Scott Silver, Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Marc Maron, Bryan Callen, and Robert De Niro.
Joker is scheduled to be released in theaters on October 4, 2019.