As more details about Joaquin Phoenix’s solo Joker movie come out, it is increasingly evident that is going to be one weird ride.
And now in a weirdly meta twist, Variety reports that veteran stand-up comic and podcast pioneer Marc Maron is in talks to join the cast, adding some genuine comedy credibility to a movie about a literal joker.
Maron has recently emerged as a genuinely good actor thanks to his great performance on Netflix’s G.L.O.W and his addition to Phoenix’s Joker movie bolsters an already overqualified cast.
In addition to Phoenix and Maron, it is reported that the upcoming Todd Phillips directed Joker film will feature Oscar winner Robert De Niro, Golden Globe winner Frances Conroy, and Deadpool 2 standout Zazie Beetz.
Dayum. That’s like hiring LeBron James to play on your weekly social basketball team.
Maron will reportedly be playing an agent who books Phoenix’s character onto De Niro’s talk show and thus setting off a chain of events that will result in the creation of the Joker.
It seems like Maron’s character will play an important part in turning Phoenix into the Clown Prince of Crime, so we can probably expect some meta on-screen depiction of real-life comic meeting comic book comic.
Whatever it is, Maron’s addition to the cast is pretty cool and I’m just hoping that he’ll get to interact with Phoenix’s Joker character in some way.
I personally would have the Joker cruelly torture Maron by playing the first 20 minutes of every single one of his 900+ podcast episodes, have the Joker annoyingly interrupt Maron every time he tried to speak, or threaten to shave his mustache.