Joaquin Phoenix’s Rumored Next Movie Role Has Horror Fans Super Excited

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Rumor has it, Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to star in a brand-new horror film. The director of Midsommar and Hereditary, Ari Aster, is outwardly eyeing Phoenix for his upcoming movie. What is Aster’s new tackle horror cinema — and what would the Joker star’s function within the film be?

Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to star in Ari Aster’s new film, ‘Beau is Afraid’

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Joaquin Phoenix on the Berlinale movie pageant in Feb. 2018 | TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP through Getty Images

IndieWire calls Aster’s earlier feature-length movies, 2018’s Hereditary (starring Toni Collette) and the 2019 hit Midsommar (that includes Florence Pugh), “bonafide cult classics.” What’s subsequent for the mastermind director, who’s behind a few of the creepiest, most mind-bending horror we’ve ever seen on display screen?

Back in June 2020, Aster defined that he was planning a “nightmare comedy” — and he’d not too long ago penned a brand-new draft of the brand new concept. He didn’t reveal an excessive amount of in regards to the film; nevertheless, Aster did admit he desires the movie to have a fair longer run-time than his different motion pictures. In truth, he’s planning for it to be nearly twice so long as Midsommar.

“All I know is that it’s gonna be 4 hours long,” Aster shared.

However, increasingly particulars are popping out in regards to the new scary film.

According to DiscussingFilm, the film is titled Beau is Afraid. The publication defined:

This will seemingly be Ari Aster’s subsequent movie with the undertaking stated to be a precedence for himself. He will write, direct, and produce the movie with the undertaking set to undergo his manufacturing firm Square Peg.

The most enjoyable information in regards to the new film, nevertheless, is the potential star.

“Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to star in Ari Aster’s upcoming movie Beau is Afraid,” DiscussingFilm reported. Horror followers are thrilled on the considered an Aster-Phoenix collaboration, a lot of whom have gushed their pleasure on Twitter.

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The ‘Gladiator’ actor is rumored to play an ‘anxious’ man within the horror movie

Phoenix gained an Oscar for his portrayal of the notorious character, The Joker, in 2020, however he’s been nominated three instances prior to now: for Gladiator, Walk the Line, in addition to The Master.

Given the actor’s considerate, ingenious tackle the craft and Aster’s wildly inventive, but nuanced perspective on horror, a undertaking involving each Phoenix and the Hereditary director could possibly be completely legendary.

“If Joaquin Phoenix signs on, he will play the lead role of Beau,” DiscussingFilm reported. What is the principle character like? The publication defined:

Beau is described as an especially anxious however pleasant-looking man who has a fraught relationship along with his overbearing mom. Their relationship is affected from the truth that he by no means knew his father.

Beau is Afraid, which DiscussingFilm describes as “a surrealist horror film set in an alternate present,” is outwardly about the principle character coping with his mother’s passing. However, the dying happens “under mysterious circumstances.” When Beau goes residence to cope with the grieving course of, he “makes an alarming discovery about his past,” and “runs into various … supernatural threats.”

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Joaquin Phoenix accepts the Oscar for Best Actor in A Leading Role for Joker on the 92nd Annual Academy Awards in Feb. 2020 | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

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When will we get to see this potential Aster-Phoenix collab? We’re unsure but.

“There are no plans for when the film will begin production,” DiscussingFilm reported. Also, as of but, Beau is Afraid doesn’t have a distributor lined up.

But, because the publication identified: “… given that Aster has worked with A24 on his previous two films, it seems likely they will nab this project regardless whether Joaquin Phoenix signs on.”

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