Joaquin Phoenix to star in gay romance film only suitable for adult audiences

Joaquin Phoenix is set to star in a gay romance movie not suitable for young audiences.

The star, 48, is true Hollywood royalty, having put his hand to a host of different characters in the 40 years since he started his career in acting.

From Joker to Gladiator, Signs to Walk The Line to Brother Bear, the acclaimed actor has been lauded for expertly encompassing whichever role he takes on – and is now set to take a starring role in an LGBTQ+ romance.

Oscar winner Joaquin has clinched a role in director Todd Haynes’ new ‘gay love story’ set in Los Angeles, USA in the 1930s.

The so-far unnamed movie will be rated NC-17 in the US – generally an 18’s rating in the UK, which means anyone not legally an adult should not be watching it.

However NC-17 restrictions in the US are sometimes given a 15’s rating in the UK, which means it is unsuitable for anyone under that age.

Director Todd revealed the upcoming project at Cannes Film Festival, where he explained that he had developed the script with Joaquin after the actor brought him ‘some thoughts and ideas.’

‘We basically wrote with him as a story writer,’ he told IndieWire, adding that he, Joaquin and Jon Raymond share the credits to the story.

‘We hope to be shooting it beginning early next year. It’s a gay love story set in 1930s L.A.’

Joaquin is currently preparing for the release of the sequel to his iconic Joker movie, which earned him an Academy Award for best actor.

The star is teaming up with musician and actress Lady Gaga for the flick, with the Rain On Me icon starring as Harley Quinn in the follow-up to the critically acclaimed 2019 movie.

Meanwhile, a sequel to Sir Ridley Scott’s Gladiator is also in the works, though neither Joaquin nor Russell Crowe will be in the starring roles – thanks to them both meeting their demise in the original.

While plot details are being kept under wraps, the sequel stars Paul Mescal as Lucius, the son of Maximus’ lover Lucilla and the nephew of Commodus.

Released in 2000, Sir Ridley’s acclaimed blockbuster made a whopping £460 million at the box office and also won five Academy Awards, including the coveted best picture gong.

It also scooped a string of other accolades including Baftas and Golden Globes.

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