If you’re not following Todd Phillips’ Instagram account, now would be a good time to start.
Phillips, who’s directing the stand-alone Joker movie starring Joaquin Phoenix, shared a photo of the actor in full clown costume. It’s more traditional than Joker costumes we’re accustomed to seeing on the big screen. It doesn’t resemble Jack Nicholson’s iconic portrayal of the mad villain, or Heath Ledger and Jared Leto’s interpretations.
This Instagram photo is the most recent tease, but neither Phillips nor the studio are holding back. Fans were treated to a close-up debut of Phoenix’s face as the Joker just a few days ago via a short video, which was followed by a photo of actress Zazie Beetz. Beetz, best known for her role as Domino in Deadpool 2, will play Sophie Dumond in Phillips’ stand-alone Joker movie.
The film is set in Gotham City during the 1980’s, and will give the Joker an origin story on the big screen. It’s expected to hit theaters sometime in 2019.