Joaquin Phoenix films have become somewhat of a one-in-a-million treasure. The Oscar-winning actor has never been one to rush into a project, preferring to take his time rather than committing blindly. That's why when news broke that Phoenix was confirmed to star in Ari Aster's upcoming film, Disappointment Blvd, we knew it was serious business.
According to Deadline, rumours of Phoenix's involvement in Aster's latest film had been swirling since last year, but insiders at the time later confirmed that it was only a discussion and no details had been locked in. The news that production company, A24, has scooped up the film is being taken as confirmation of the actor's involvement.
As expected details of the Joaquin Phoenix led Disappointment Blvd are still being held deeply under wraps. What we have been treated to so far is a small semblance of a plotline, which describes the film as: “an intimate, decades-spanning portrait of one of the most successful entrepreneurs of all time.” Given that the film marks one of Phoenix's first known projects since his award-wining portrayal of The Joker, we're anticipating that whatever Aster has up his sleeve, it's sure to be big.
This is not the first time that Aster and A24 have worked together. The arthouse production company was pipped as a clear frontrunner to finance and produce the film after collaborating with Aster on his directorial debut, Hereditary, and later on the 2019 horror film, Midsommar, with Florence Pugh. Alongside A24, Aster and his previous co-collaborator Lars Knudsen will also produce.
With Disappointment Blvd still so early on in the piece, a production timeline and the accompanying start date are still unknown. However, it is believed that Phoenix will begin and complete the shooting of the film before he moves onto Ridley Scott’s Kitbag, which casts Phoenix as the French emperor and military leader Napoleon Bonaparte.