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Alec Baldwin seriously isn’t in Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker movie, after all

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Jan 17, 2020, 1:51 PM EST (Updated)

Well, that didn’t take long. Only two days after sending a seismic shock through the DC Entertainment fandom following a Deadline report that he’d joined Joaquin Phoenix’s upcoming Joker movie, Alec Baldwin has reportedly pulled a Getaway, backing out of the project altogether.

If that sounds like a cruel joke, it appears as though Baldwin at least tried to make things work before dropping his rumored turn as Thomas Wayne (Bruce Wayne’s father) from his to-do list. Citing a scheduling conflict, Baldwin told USA Today he wouldn’t be a part of the darker, grittier, non-DCEU Joker film that DC’s planning alongside a separate, canonical version starring Jared Leto.

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Baldwin didn’t elaborate much about walking away from the Todd Phillips-directed project, simply saying, "I'm no longer doing that movie" and deferring to the other stars whom Warner Bros. might need to start eyeing. ”I’m sure there are 25 guys who can play that part,” he said.

That last remark appears to suggest that Thomas Wayne’s character — if he indeed is slated to be a part of the movie — isn’t necessarily going away; it’s just that Baldwin is. 

With a screenplay from Phillips and Scott Silver, the movie (reportedly titled simply Joker) already has lined up a solid cast. In addition to Phoenix in the title role, Joker also has landed Robert De Niro, Frances Conroy, Marc Maron, and Deadpool 2's Zazie Beetz.

Joker — sadly, without Alec Baldwin — is slated to arrive on Oct. 4 of next year.