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"Joker" Director Shares First Pic Of Joaquin Phoenix In Full Makeup

The director of the upcoming Joker standalone movie took to Instagram last week to share the first images of Oscar-nominated actor Joaquin Phoenix in the film's titular villain makeup. 

In Todd Phillips' video--which, he noted in the caption, came from a "screen test"--the 43-year-old Phoenix first blankly stares into the camera without makeup. 

The camera then flashes to the actor wearing clown makeup, but not the traditional Joker's white face and green hair. 

The upcoming movie has been described as "an origin story charting Batman’s nemesis as he rises from a washout stand-up comic to a criminal threat." 

It will reportedly be set in 1980s Gotham City and is expected to debut in theaters sometime in 2019.