When the upcoming Suicide Squad cast was announced, one of the most intriguing casting decisions was that of Academy Award winning actor Jared Leto as the Joker. The actor spoke to Billboard this week and opened up about what we can expect from his portrayal.
“The opportunity to take on this nearly Shakespearean character — that’s what graphic novels and comic books are becoming, right?” Leto says.“[He’s] this beautiful disaster of a character — what a big challenge.”
The actor also went on to reveal that he is packing on the pounds for this role, quoted as saying, “I’m trying to gain a lot of weight. It means I have to eat every couple of hours — and I’m terrible at eating a lot.” No word on the direction that Leto will take the character, but the announcement of gaining some weight is an interesting mention. A character most beloved by fans, The Joker will be played by a new actor for the first time since Heath Ledger’s performance in 2008’s The Dark Knight.
The film will shoot from April until September for an August 5, 2016 release.