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Jared Leto Joins ‘Blade Runner’ Sequel

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From Variety

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Jared Leto has rounded out cast of Alcon’s “Blade Runner” sequel.

The pic stars Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling. Details of Leto’s character are being kept under wraps.

Robin Wright and Mackenzie Davis also star in the film directed by “Sicario” helmer Denis Villeneuve. Villeneuve will reunite with cinematographer Roger Deakins on the project.

Full plot details of the sequel, written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, have not yet been revealed, other than the fact that it’s set several decades after the original. The 1982 “Blade Runner” was written by Fancher and David Peoples, based on Philip K. Dick’s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.”

The movie hits theaters on Oct. 6, 2017. Warner Bros. will distribute the film domestically, while Sony distributes internationally.

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‘Suicide Squad’: Jared Leto wants Joker to go up against Ben Affleck’s Batman

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From Toronto Sun

NEW YORK — For the second time in the 2000s, an actor has savagely, insanely and brilliantly brought the Joker to life as the ultimate villain in a comic book movie. First it was Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight; now it is Jared Leto in Suicide Squad.

Ledger famously and tragically won a posthumous Oscar for his performance in the second film of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. Leto makes his Joker debut Friday when David Ayer’s Suicide Squad opens — and the 44-year-old Leto is jacked up, wildly excited and totally apprehensive about the fan reaction!

“I hope it’s an introduction (of the Joker) … and not the end!” Leto says in an exclusive one-on-one interview — the only interview he has granted this day to any journalist from the U.S. and Canada. “Because I could easily just play the Joker a couple more times and then retire. Because it’s so fulfilling and so creative and it’s so imaginative. It’s really difficult to think about doing anything else!”

Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment has yet to make pronouncements. But Leto has his own singular goal — getting The Joker into the proposed standalone Batman movie starring the current Dark Knight actor, Ben Affleck.

“I think it would be incredible to see Batman and the Joker go head-to-head! This Batman and this Joker. I mean, I don’t know, that might be too much! But that would be fun.”

The Louisiana-born Leto had a lot more to say about the fun of playing the character and the fate of the Joker in the DC Extended Universe. “You are my first interview since I played the Joker,” Leto says. He has been bursting at the seams about it since spending more than five months rehearsing and then shooting Suicide Squad in Toronto in 2015.

During the entire shoot, Leto remained “method” and stayed in character on-set, starting with the rehearsal period. While I personally sat in the Joker’s fuchsia car one day (and only a stuntman could drive this thing because you could barely see over the dashboard), I never saw Leto as the Joker on-set. He kept away from all visiting media then in Toronto. Today, in the bowels of Moynihan Station in lower Manhattan, we are surrounded by a display of Suicide Squad costumes, artifacts and parts of the set shipped in from Toronto. But the actor has now shed The Joker and is all Leto — a thoughtful, articulate and quietly shy man with piercing blue eyes. Here is what he had to say:

Why is the Joker so iconic as a villain?
“I think the Joker is iconic for a number of reasons. He was the perfect villain from the start for Batman’s hero. You obviously wouldn’t have the success of the Joker without Batman. They are two sides to a coin. Batman is the stoic, restrained, thoughtful, black-and-white character, figuratively and literally. He is stiff, a suit of armour without colour and much celebration. And the Joker is the complete opposite of that!”

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Jared Leto: The Unlikely Triumphs of a Rock-Star Movie Star /Rolling Stone Cover

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Jared is on the August cover of Rolling Stone Magazine

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Jared Leto is wearing a preposterous straw hat this morning, a gigantic, not-quite-a-sombrero thing he bought for seven bucks at a corner store. And why not? He’s made it this far by committing fully, sometimes crazily, to everything in his life: Method acting, music-making, video directing, tech investing, not to mention the arts of being enigmatic, brainy and really, really good-looking. “I don’t dabble,” he says. “I dive in, 1,000 percent.” So if he needs sun protection for a hike, of course he goes big. In any case, Leto recently turned 44 — “old,” he calls it, with the subsequent qualifier “I don’t feel old” — and looks maybe 29, so his skin-care habits are probably not to be questioned.

It’s 11:15 a.m. on a Thursday in June, and Leto already got in some recording today for the in-progress fifth album from his band, Thirty Seconds to Mars, which played arena rock long before they reached actual arenas, with Leto fronting them under the apparent operating principle that Bono’s big problem is excessive bashfulness. Leto parks his unassuming vehicle of choice — a GMC Yukon SUV he’s owned since 1996 — on a dusty Malibu road, ready for a bouldering trek through one of his favorite paths, in a mountainous, 8,000-acre state park where everything looks familiar. With the panache of a tour guide, Leto points out spots seen in Planet of the Apes and M*A*S*H.

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Jared Leto dives deep to play The Joker in Suicide Squad

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From EW

It’s no easy feat to take on a comic book character that’s been immortalized in cinema by the likes of Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger with performances so riveting, Ledger’s turn landed him a posthumous Oscar. So it was only with a deep commitment that Jared Leto, himself an Oscar winner for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, would take on the Joker part in Warner Bros.’ upcoming summer release Suicide Squad, a part he and director David Ayer redefined for today’s audience.

“The Joker has a lot of different looks, sort of built from the looks throughout the history of DC Comics but with a new sort of flair and flavor on him so he does feel like a modern-day gangster, because… he’s always been a gangster,” says Ayer.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What were your original thoughts when you were approached about taking on a character that has become so iconic?

JARED LETO: You take a deep breath. There is a responsibility I suppose that you can feel but it’s also incredibly exciting. The work that’s been done on this character by so many people before me has been so impactful, so incredible, so much fun, so profound, so risky, that it’s a very special thing to be asked to take on that responsibility.

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Jared Leto to Star in Crime Thriller ‘The Outsider’

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From THR

Jared Leto will star in The Outsider, an action thriller to be produced by Waypoint Entertainment and Linson Entertainment. Matrin Zandvliet is directing.

Waypoint is the producer and financier of movies such as Shane Black’s upcoming thriller The Nice Guys. Linson Entertainment, run by producer Art Linson, has worked on films such as Heat and Fight Club.

Andrew Baldwin (Bastille Day) wrote the script, which is set in post-World War II Japan and tells the story of an imprisoned American soldier (Leto) who is released with the help of his Yakuza cellmate. Now free, he sets out to earn their respect and repay his debt while navigating the dangerous criminal underworld.

The pic is eyeing a fall shoot. Bloom will handle international sales. Waypoint’s Ken Kao will produce alongside John Linson and Art Linson.

The Outsider will mark Zandvliet’s English-language debut following the success of Land of Mine, the war drama about German soldiers forced to dig up landmines with their bare hands. The movie premiered last year at the Toronto International Film Festival and was acquired by Sony Pictures.

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Common And Jared Leto Improvised Part Of Their Suicide Squad Scene Together

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From comicbook.com

While promoting his upcoming film Barbershop: The Next Cut, musician-turned-actor Common took some time to chat up David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, a film in which he plays a villainous character covered in tattoos.

The opportunity to work on a superhero movie with a unique premise, an all-star cast, and a talented director he admired was too enticing to pass up on. “I just knew that world was a gritty comic book world that I haven’t seen,” Common told Collider. “I feel like, with so many comic book movies being made, I wanted to be a part of one of the ones that is special. Obviously, you want the box office and those things, but I want to be a part of the special movies. And if I’m going to be a part of a comic movie, I don’t want it to just be the same story, where you can just place the new name and it’s the same story that you see. I’ve gotta say, one of the major reasons I knew it would be something cool and could be special is (director) David Ayer. I love his work. I got to work with him on Street Kings, but then I watched End of Watch and the dude is good, man”

“I was excited about working with him, being a movie with Will Smith and Viola Davis and Jared Leto, and playing opposite The Joker,” he added. “I was like, “God, this is going to be exciting!” And I had a couple days to leave Barbershop to go do that, and it was funny ‘cause when I came back, there were pictures from the internet of my character with all these tattoos on his head and I was looking like Dennis Rodman. But, it worked out and I’m grateful to be a part of it. I think Suicide Squad could be a story told in a new way.”

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Jared Leto and WWF raise awareness on wildlife crime

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From worldwildlife.org

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Jared Leto doesn’t mince words when it comes to wildlife crime: “It is a horror. I would put it up there with one of the most shameful things: our treatment of our fellow species on this planet.”

Indeed, three elephants are estimated to be killed every hour for their ivory; 1,175 rhinos were poached in South Africa alone last year; and as few as 3,200 tigers remain in the wild, due to demand for every part of their body from whisker to tail. The wildlife crime trade is estimated to be worth $7.8-10 billion annually.

Leto, a WWF Global Ambassador since 2015, spoke out against wildlife crime as part of a World Wildlife Day event on March 3, cohosted by WWF President and CEO Carter Roberts. The event, held in Los Angeles, brought together local supporters, partners and influencers to raise awareness and support for combatting the poaching crisis.

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‘Suicide Squad’ news: Viola Davis shares experience of Jared Leto’s ‘Joker’

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From vinereport.com

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While not part of the actual Suicide Squad, Viola Davis who plays Amanda Waller will be the one to bring the bad guys together and give them orders. In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight Canada, Davis shared her thoughts on the upcoming movie and was quoted in saying, “I just think this is going to be fabulous!”

“Every night I’d get on the phone and say to my husband, ‘You can’t even believe what we did tonight! Oh my god.’ And Jared Leto, man, a dead pig. His henchman brought a box into the green room and Will Smith opened it. And he was like, ‘Oh, my god,’ and there were bullets with our names on it. And then the henchmen came back with an iPad and opened it and it was him, the Joker… going ‘Ahhhhhhh, I can’t wait to meet you all! I hope you enjoyed my gift,'” she recalled.

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Jared Leto’s ‘amazing’ Joker on tap for ‘Suicide Squad’

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From USA Today

Sometimes being an insane supervillain on screen just means being an insane supervillain all the time.

That’s the tactic taken by Jared Leto playing the Joker, Batman’s archest of enemies and the true wild card of the dastardly bunch in the upcoming Suicide Squad (in theaters Aug. 5). Fans got a first glimpse of Leto’s take on the infamous Clown Prince of Crime at Comic-Con, and a new trailer for the movie debuts as part of a The Dawn of the Justice League special on The CW tonight (9:30 ET/PT).

Deadshot (Will Smith), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney) and the Joker’s former main squeeze Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) are more of an injustice league as they’re put together with other bad guys in a fighting unit formed to take on a powerful and mysterious adversary in Suicide Squad. Just how Leto’s tattooed, green-haired, flamboyantly dressed weirdo plays into everything is still under wraps, though his castmates got a full dose of the Joker from the beginning: The Oscar-winning actor went completely method, gifting “presents” to actors before production started — Robbie received a rat, which became the cast’s unofficial mascot — and never breaking character during filming.

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Jared Leto Goes Back to Brunette for New Carrera Campaign

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From Hollywood Reporter

As much as we love getting lost in Jared Leto’s intense, icy blue eyes, they sometimes can have a rather paralyzing effect if we stare at them for too long — which is why we’re OK with the fact that they’re covered up in Carrera’s spring 2016 campaign.

The 30 Seconds to Mars lead singer wears the Italian brand’s “Maverick” aviator-style shades along with a black-fur-trimmed hoodie for a modern take on Tom Cruise’s Top Gun style. The full campaign’s images, which are also part of the brand’s 60th anniversary celebrations, will debut later this month.

In a sneak preview, which Carrera posted to Instagram today, Leto ditched his hot pink mane — which had been chopped, bleached and dyed green for his role as the Joker in the upcoming Suicide Squad — in favor of his chestnut brown locks. Fingers crossed that the return to his au naturel color means Leto also might be considering growing out his hair again. Because, let’s be honest, no one can rock a man bun quite like he can.

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