Two days after reports that Alec Baldwin would play Thomas Wayne, father of Bruce Wayne, the three-time Emmy winner clarified he would not, in fact, be part of the Warner Bros. production.
“I’m no longer doing that movie,” he told USA Today. “I’m sure there are 25 guys who can play that part.” Baldwin also cited “scheduling” issues.
On Monday, news broke the 60-year-old actor had signed on to Joker, directed by Todd Phillips. Deadline reported the Thomas Wayne character would be depicted as a “cheesy, tanned businessman à la 1980s Trump.” Baldwin directly took issue with this description via Twitter:
With production set to begin on September 10, the film is now on the hunt for a new Thomas Wayne, who is depicted in the comics as a philanthropic billionaire, intent on bettering Gotham. Sound familiar?
The film, due out Oct. 4, 2019, stars Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Marc Maron, and most importantly, Joaquin Phoenix in the titular role as the Joker.
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