Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker is getting a closer look in the new trailer.
Todd Phillips directs the 1981-set film that centers on Arthur Fleck, a clown who dreams of becoming a stand-up comedian. The film has drawn comparisons to Martin Scorsese’s 1982 film The King of Comedy, which starred Robert De Niro as an aspiring standup who idolizes a talk show host. In Joker, De Niro plays a talk show host and stand-up whom Arthur looks up to. Frances Conroy plays Arthur’s mother, while other stars include Deadpool 2‘s Zazie Beetz and GLOW‘s Marc Maron.
Warner Bros. will release Joker on Oct. 4.