Douglas Hodge cast as Alfred Pennyworth in Joker

Douglas Hodge cast as Alfred Pennyworth in Joker

Douglas Hodge has been cast as Batman's future butler Alfred Pennyworth in 'Joker'.

The 58-year-old actor - who previously starred in 'Penny Dreadful' - has been cast in the role of Batman's iconic butler in the Todd Phillips-directed project, which sees Joaquin Phoenix star as the Joker.

Dante Pereira-Olson - who played a young version of Joaquin's character in 'You Were Never Really Here' - has also been cast in the movie, with the up-and-coming star set to play Bruce Wayne, reports.

However, it's unclear how big of a role Bruce will actually play in the upcoming movie.

Other big-name stars set to appear in 'Joker' include Robert De Niro and Zazie Beetz.

Meanwhile, Joaquin previously explained that the 'Joker' movie will be unlike many earlier comic-book films.

The Hollywood star said that the eagerly awaited effort won't seamlessly fit into a particular genre.

He revealed: "I wouldn't quite classify this as like any genre.

"I wouldn't say it's a superhero movie, or a studio movie or a ... It feels unique, and I think more then anything, and probably the most important thing, is Todd seems very passionate about it and very giving, and so that's exciting.

"I think, underneath the excitement of these films, and the size of them, there are these incredible characters that are dealing with real life struggles.

"And sometimes that is uncovered and exposed, and sometimes it isn't, and so I always felt, like, there were characters in comics that were really interesting and deserve the opportunity to be kind of studied. And so I think that's what Todd sees appealing about this idea."