Joaquin Phoenix will be the protagonist of Disappointment Blvd., the new film written and directed by Hereditary’s Ari Aster for A24.

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This is poised to be one of Phoenix’s first movies since winning an Oscar for his performance in 2019’s DC Comics adaptation of Joker.

According to Deadline, A24 has signed on to finance and produce. Aster previously worked with the studio on his previous two features, Hereditary and Midsommar. Both were critical successes, with Hereditary doing particularly well commercially, taking in $80 million against a $10 million budget.

Plot details are largely being kept under wraps but it is described as –

“an intimate, decades-spanning portrait of one of the most successful entrepreneurs of all time.”

Talking about the movie in an interview back in 2019, Aster said –

“It’s an absurdist, evil comedy. I’ve also referred to it as my anxiety comedy.”

Phoenix has long been viewed as one of the best actors working today. Despite several close calls, he had not taken home an Oscar until last year when he won for Joker.

Phoenix played the lead role in the R-rated comic book flick, which was directed by Todd Phillips. The movie earned more than $1 billion worldwide, becoming a massive hit. Warner Bros. is expected to pursue a sequel or follow-up of some kind, even though it was initially conceived as a one-off.

Phoenix is, additionally, set to reunite with director Ridley Scott for Kitbag, in which, he will play Napoleon Bonaparte.

It’s been two years since Aster made Sweden seem absolutely terrifying with Midsommar, but given the director’s previous work, Disappointment Blvd. is sure to have some unsettling surprises in store.

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There is no word yet on how soon production will begin, nor has a release date been set by the studio. We’ll be sure to keep you posted as any further details are made available.