Young Bruce Wayne and Alfred

Todd Phillips' Joker casts its Bruce Wayne and Alfred Pennyworth

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Oct 25, 2018, 5:09 PM EDT (Updated)

Joker, the upcoming origin film starring the iconic DC Comics supervillain and his untold origin story, has just added two of the Clown Prince of Crime's greatest foes.

Dante Pereira-Olson, who's recently been seen alongside Joker star Joaquin Phoenix in You Were Never Really Here and in SYFY's series Happy!, has been cast as Bruce Wayne, the young heir to a family fortune who loses his parents in a robbery gone wrong and is set on the path to becoming Batman. He's aided in his journey by the loyal family butler, Alfred Pennyworth, who will be played by Douglas Hodge (Black Mirror). Hodge had previously been announced as a member of the film's cast by Warner Bros., but we did not know who he was playing.

Dante Pereira-Olson first reported the news Tuesday, which was soon confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter. SYFY WIRE has reached out to Warner Bros. for comment. 

Douglas Hodge

Pereira-Olson and Hodge join a cast that includes Oscar winner Phoenix in the title role, as well as Robert De Niro, Deadpool 2's Zazie Beetz, GLOW's Marc Maron, and more. Todd Phillips (The Hangover) is directing the film from a script co-written by Scott Silver. We still don't know too much about the story, but the film will follow a man named Arthur Fleck, who is transformed into the legendary Clown Prince of Crime after one bad day pushes him too far. We've already seen glimpses of Phoenix in makeup as the character, but we've yet to see much of the supporting cast.

Joker arrives in theaters in less than a year, on October 4, 2019. What do you think of the casting news?