Fans Barely Had Time To Blink Before Alec Baldwin Dropped Out Of The New ‘Joker’ Movie

This may come as a bit of a surprise—mainly because you may not have heard that he signed up to do it—but Alec Baldwin has dropped out of the Joker movie.

Just days after Warner Bros. announced Baldwin would play Thomas Wayne, he told USA Today:

  I’m no longer doing that movie.

Citing scheduling issues, Baldwin added:

 I’m sure there are 25 guys who can play that part.

But Baldwin, who has earned props for his impersonation of Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, hinted that more than scheduling issues could be to blame for his pulling out of the project.

On Wednesday, he tweeted:

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Baldwin’s Wayne was supposed to be just that:

  …sources say the script paints Thomas Wayne as a cheesy and tanned businessman who is more in the mold of a 1980s Donald Trump.

The star’s quick departure surprised fans:

And many were disappointed that he won’t be in the movie:

A few delusional souls believed they were somehow responsible for the star’s departure…

Joker, which starts filming this fall, is supposedly a darker take on the material (darker than Ledger? than Leto?) and will feature Joaquin Phoenix as the eponymous super villain. 

The officially released description states: 

Under the direction of Todd Phillips, the film centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of a man disregarded by society is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.

Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, and Marc Maron have all reportedly been cast, though their roles have yet to be disclosed. 

H/T: Twitter, Entertainment Weekly