Brett Cullen is Thomas Wayne in the Joker Movie

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Brett Cullen has been cast as Thomas Wayne in the upcoming The Joker movie from director Todd Phillips.

Baldwin was on board to play the role in the origin movie but had to drop out at the last minute due to scheduling conflicts.

The standalone Joker movie has found its Thomas Wayne.

"I'm no longer doing that movie", Baldwin told USA Today in late August. Specific details about the film are under-wraps, but rumor has it Phoenix will be playing a failed comedian before becoming the Clown Prince of Crime - an origin previously revealed in Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's iconic, oft-referenced graphic novel Batman: The Killing Joke. "I'm sure there are 25 guys who can play that part", the actor added.

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ComicBook.com broke the story about Cullen's casting, but the news has not yet been officially verified by Warner Bros.

Phillips is co-writing and directing the Joker film. Early word suggests that Joker's tone is being compared to Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy.

Cullen, who played Barton Blaze in 2007's Ghost Rider, and a congressman in 2012's The Dark Knight Rises, joins a Joker cast that includes Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Marc Maron, Frances Conroy and Zazie Beetz. In the comics, Thomas Wayne is more traditionally portrayed as a wealthy philanthropist and a doctor. It will feature a very young Bruce Wayne, years before he put on a cape to become Batman.

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