The upcoming Joker film starring Joaquin Phoenix is looking to be a crime drama that will really stand out among recent comic book films. Directed by Todd Philips (The Hangover Trilogy and War Dogs), the film stars the aforementioned Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Marc Maron, Brett Cullen, Frances Conroy, Glenn Fleshner, Bryan Callen, Bill Camp and Shea Whigham.
Chronicling the story of Arthur Fleck as he attempts to become a comedian only to turn to a life of crime and chaos to become Joker, the cast and characters looks very promising. We know Beetz will be playing Arthur’s love interest Sophie Dumond, Conroy will be playing Arthur’s mom and Cullen will be playing Thomas Wayne of whom we recently got a glimpse of on set as the character. We got more information in regards to other characters such as De Niro and Maron who will be playing a talk show host and an agent respectively but now we got a little more on Shea Whigham’s character.
Speaking to Collider to promote the upcoming Amazon Prime series Homecoming, Whigham reveals the character he will be playing along with the character Bill Camp will be playing as he discussed his experience working on the film. He said:
“I’ll say this, Bill Camp, from The Night Of, is one of our great actors. He’s finally getting his due. He and I play two cops from Gotham P.D., in 1981 when the city was tough. We’re investigating something that’s just happened, at the start of the piece. We’re trying to get to the bottom of it, and it leads to where it leads to. You know, it’s rare that I’ve been on a set where it feels like it crackles. It’s pretty amazing . . .I want to have an experience. I don’t call it a job. I don’t say that I have a job. I have a gig, or a piece, or a film, or a show, but it’s never a job . . . We’re having an experience on Joker.”
Not really surprised cause Whigham has been known for playing members of the authority in the past, most notably Boardwalk Empire and Fargo season 3. It’s unclear how big his role would be but he can definitely pull it off perhaps even adding some comedic flare if necessary. Nonetheless, the film looks great and it looks like we may be getting a comic book film to rival The Dark Knight (There! I said it!).