As DC Films gears up for production on its upcoming Joker movie starring Joaquin Phoenix, the actor flashed a wickedly sinister smile while attending the Deauville American Film Festival.

Take a look:

You can just see the crazy of the Joker spreading across his face and into his eyes. If you thought Phoenix’s Commodus from Gladiator was a creepy sicko, just wait until Phoenix is in costume with the Joker facepaint. His performance is bound to be one for the ages.

And he’s not just getting the creepy, sinister smile of the Joker down, recent photos of Phoenix also indicate the actor has lost weight for the role.

Just Jared captured a number of shots of Phoenix looking much thinner in recent weeks.

Here’s some other photos from the Deauville American Film Festival where you can see that Phoenix has lost weight for the role. Phoenix is at the Deuville American Film Festival in Deauville, France for the premiere of The Sister Brothers – Les Freres Sisters.

DEAUVILLE, FRANCE – SEPTEMBER 04: Jacques Audiard and Joaquin Phoenix attend the “The Sister Brothers – Les Freres Sisters” film premiere on September 4, 2018 in Deauville, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

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DEAUVILLE, FRANCE – SEPTEMBER 04: ( EDITORS NOTE : This image has been converted to Black and White). Joaquin Phoenix attends the photocall for “The Sister Brothers”- “Les Freres sisters” on September 4, 2018 in Deauville, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)


Phoenix and DC Films’ Joker movie will be directed by [easyazon_link identifier=”B002RRXGKA” locale=”US” tag=”boundingintocomics-20″]The Hangover’s[/easyazon_link] Todd Phillips. The film is expected to also star Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, and Marc Maron. The film is expected to be a low-budget movie set outside the DC Extended Universe. It is expected to take place in the 80s and will draw influence from [easyazon_link identifier=”B00CJVH786″ locale=”US” tag=”boundingintocomics-20″]The King of Comedy[/easyazon_link].

Phoenix previously described the film:

“I wouldn’t quite classify this as like any genre. I wouldn’t say it’s a superhero movie, or a studio movie or a … It feels unique, and I think more then anything, and probably the most important thing, is Todd seems very passionate about it and very giving, and so that’s exciting. I think, underneath the excitement of these films, and the size of them, there are these incredible characters that are dealing with real life struggles. And sometimes that is uncovered and exposed, and sometimes it isn’t, and so I always felt, like, there were characters in comics that were really interesting and deserve the opportunity to be kind of studied. And so I think that’s what Todd sees appealing about this idea.”

Joker is expected to hit theaters on October 4, 2019.