Joaquin Phoenix eyes The Sisters Brothers

Joaquin Phoenix

by James White |
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Joaquin Phoenix

Busy time for Joaquin Phoenix potentially being in films, it seems. Just a couple of days ago, word broke that he was the top choice to play Jesus in a film about the life of Mary Magdalene. Now comes news that French director Jacques Audiard is looking to have him co-star in his new novel adaptation The Sisters Brothers.

If Phoenix does sign on – and it's not always a sure thing with him – he'd star opposite John C. Reilly in the Dheepan director's adaptation of Patrick deWitt's novel, which is set during the California Gold Rush.

The focus is on two brothers (Eli and Charlie Sisters) in Oregon in 1851 who are hired to kill a prospector that stole from their boss. You can imagine Phoenix might be interested to work with the man who made 2010's A Prophet and 2012's Rust And Bone and whose most recent film (the aforementioned Dheepan) scooped the Palme d'Or

at last year's Cannes Film Festival. That one is on our screens now.

As for Phoenix, he's producing CAMP: The Documentary and has lined up a role in brother-in-law Casey Affleck's next film, Far Bright Star.

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