Last week, our very own MFR put out an exclusive rumor about two actors he’d heard were cast in Todd Phillips’ Joker (Justin Theroux and child actor Dante Pereira-Olson). Now another site has confirmed one of those castings! Comicbook.com reported that they could confirm that Pereira-Olson has been cast in Joker to play a young Bruce Wayne, which was one of MFR’s two guesses for Pereira-Olson’s role.
I haven’t seen much of Pereira-Olson’s previous performances as an actor, but he certainly looks like a young Bruce Wayne to me. Ultimately I think it really is going to come down to how much we’ll get to see Bruce in Joker. Will he just cameo briefly as a happy child living in a rich upbringing with his two parents? Or will the film show Bruce post-Crime Alley as he deals with grief and the sparks of the Dark Knight are first lit. Interestingly he previously co-starred alongside Joaquin Phoenix in You Were Never Really Here and played a younger version of Phoenix’s character in the film.
Comicbook.com also reported earlier this week that The Night Manager actor Douglas Hodge has been cast to play the Wayne family’s ever-loyal butler Alfred Pennyworth in the film. Like Pereira-Olson, I’m not very familiar with Hodge’s previous work but he seems like a very intriguing choice to play Alfred. I suspect his take on the role, however brief it may be in Joker, will probably be a bit different from the likes of Jeremy Irons, Michael Caine or the late Michael Gough.
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