Dante Pereira-Olson is joining the film as young Bruce Wayne, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Douglas Hodge will play butler Alfred Pennyworth.
Pereira-Olson has previously shared a project with Joker star Joaquin Phoenix. The actor played a young version of Phoenix’s character Joe the 2017 crime drama You Were Never Really Here. Hodge recently appeared in Jennifer Lawrence’s Red Sparrow and the “Black Museum” episode of Netflix’s Black Mirror.
Todd Phillips is directing Joker and has been teasing looks at his leading man as the DC supervillain. The Joker cast also includes Robert De Niro, Deadpool 2‘s Zazie Beetz and Glow actor Marc Maron. Wayne family patriarch Thomas Wayne had already been cast, with Brett Cullen stepping into the role after Alec Baldwin dropped out. Joker has been described as the “exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.” Phillips co-wrote the script with Scott Silver.
Joker hits theaters Oct. 4, 2019. Pereira-Olson is repped by Paradigm. Hodge is repped by Innovative Artists and United Agents.
Comicbook.com first reported the casting news.