Two days after joining the cast of director Todd Phillips Joker film, actor Alec Baldwin has exited the project. Rumor had it that Baldwin would be portraying Thomas Wayne, the father of Bruce Wayne (Batman) in the stand alone Joker film.
Per USA Today:
Baldwin told USA TODAY Wednesday, “I’m no longer doing that movie” citing “scheduling” issues.
“I’m sure there are 25 guys who can play that part,” Baldwin said.
Baldwin, 60, had been cast to join Joaquin Phoenix, who will play the titular DC Comics arch villain in the “Joker” solo project, to be directed and co-written “Hangover” director Todd Phillips.
Robert De Niro, “Deadpool 2” breakout star Zazie Beetz and “GLOW” actor Marc Maron have already been cast in the gritty standalone story due out Oct. 4, 2019.
Warner Bros, which is producing the film, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Baldwin casting as Thomas Wayne had extra impact since the actor has become so closely associated with his Emmy award-winning satirical portrayal of President Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live.”
The Hollywood Reporter claims that the “Joker” script “paints Thomas Wayne as a cheesy and tanned businessman who is more in the mold of a 1980s Donald Trump.”
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