Alec Baldwin has reportedly dropped out of JOKER, reports say.
Previously, he was slated to play Thomas Wayne. This is no longer the case. The announcement of his departure comes rapidly on the heels of his announcement in the role. This is the first major setback int he production of the movie.
Citing ‘scheduling conflicts,’ Baldwin has said,
“I’m no longer doing that movie. …I’m sure there are 25 guys who could play that role.”
And directly from his Twitter:
“Let me state, for the record, that I have NOT been hired to play a role in Todd Phillips’ JOKER as some Donald Trump manque. That is not happening. Not. Happening.”
Thomas Wayne, the father of Bruce Wayne, is normally portrayed as a savvy businessman, the head of Wayne Enterprises. Instead, the script reportedly paints the businessman as a tanned, cheesy version of himself, molded from a 1980s version of Donald Trump. Baldwin is currently best known for his portrayal of Trump on Saturday Night Live. This portrayal of Thomas Wayne as a Trump-like caricature has stirred some controversy among fans.
Joker will star Joaquin Phoenix as Joker, with Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz and Marc Maron all on board for supporting roles.