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Joaquin Phoenix as the 'Joker' in 'Arthur': Director's Chilling Video Tweet

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    Joaquin Phoenix as the 'Joker' in 'Arthur': Director's Chilling Video Tweet
    Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck in “Joker,” from Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and BRON Creative. A Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Nikos Tavernise

    Warner Bros. and director Todd Phillips gave a tantalizing sneak peek at Joaquin Phoenix's interpretation of the "Joker" Friday.

    In a video posted on Twitter, Phoenix is seen in a "camera test," smirking as the Joker's likeness flashes across his face.

    Then you see the clown paint.

    It's chilling and thrilling all at once. 

    Alec Baldwin recently pulled out of playing Bruce Wayne's father in the "Joker" movie.

    Robert De Niro also is part of the cast in the Warner Bros. movie, which is due in theaters in October 2019.