Report: Zazie Beetz Is in Talks to Join Joker

Zazie Beetz in Deadpool 2, and the Joker in Batman #26.
Zazie Beetz in Deadpool 2, and the Joker in Batman #26.
Photo: Deadpool 2 (20th Century Fox), Image: Mikel Janin and June Chung (DC Comics)

Zazie Beetz might be jumping studios and superhero universes for her next comic book project: because she could be playing an intriguing role in the recently-dated (and named) Joker origin movie.


The Hollywood Reporter suggests Beetz—who recently lit up the screen as Deadpool 2's luck-altering mutant warrior Domino—is in talks to join Joaquin Phoenix in Joker in a major role. Should Beetz accept, the site reports that she would be cast as a “single mother who catches the interest of the man who will become the Clown Prince of Crime.” Whether that interest is romantically inclined or otherwise, it’s likely to be a major role in the origin story.

There were more reports recently that Joker could be looking to cast another important figure in the Clown Prince’s life: his own mother. But it’s a possibility those rumors were crossed wires over the role Beetz is allegedly in talks for. Otherwise, there might be more than a few motherly figures in Joker than we could ever have expected. God help us all.

Joker is set to hit theaters October 4, 2019.

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One of the best things about Heath Ledger’s Joker is that we have no idea who the hell he is or where he comes from. He changes the story in the movie. He is totally unpredictable. He wants chaos and creates chaos. The Joker is fun because he can be written as unexplainable which keeps viewers on their toes and occasionally catches them totally off guard.

Doing a Joker origin story is like doing an origin story on Godzilla. The lizard is not as interesting as the monster.

Edit: That said, I like Zazie in Deadpool 2 and I wish her well if she chooses to take on this potentially troublesome role.