Joaquin Phoenix Stars in 'Joker' Trailer - Watch Now

The new trailer for the highly anticipated Joker is here!

The Todd Phillips-directed movie hits theaters on October 4.

Three-time Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix (who reportedly lost around 50 pounds for the role) plays the nascent Joker as a mentally ill and impoverished struggling stand-up comedian at odds with society.

“It really came from this idea: what if you just did a comic-book movie differently?”Phillip says in a new Los Angeles Times interview. “We all grew up on these character studies and they’re few and far between nowadays. So it was like, ‘Let’s do a deep dive on one of these guys in a real way.’ No one is going to fly in it. No buildings are going to collapse. It’s just going to be on the ground, so to speak.”

“That’s the fun thing about these characters,” he added. “In a way, comic books are our Shakespeare and just like there are many versions of Hamlet and Macbeth, they’ve done four or five versions of the Joker in the last 25 or 30 years. So why not do another one that’s wildly different?”

Joker follows the iconic arch nemesis (also known as Arthur Fleck) in an “original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen. ”

Here’s a summary: Arthur Fleck is a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night…but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty character study.

Watch the trailer!

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