He’s been silent ever since the news broke, but Joaquin Phoenix has finally opened up about playing the iconic DC villain The Joker in a new stand-alone movie to be directed by Todd Phillips.

While on the press tour for the Gus Van Sant film Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot, which releases this Friday in the U.S. following a very impressive film festival tour, Phoenix revealed why he took on the daunting role in the project.

“I take a lot of time and consideration when making decisions and what I’m gonna work on always. So, in some ways, the process, which is obviously reading a script and meeting a filmmaker and then continuing to have meetings and discussions with Todd [Phillips],” he said in the interview with Collider.

“I think he’s very impressive and he seems to have a very interesting understanding of this world and what he’s trying to say. And so there is something very appealing about that and working with him on this particular project. It feels unique, it is its own world in some ways, and maybe, mostly, it scares the fucking shit out of me or something. It might as well be the thing that scares you the most.”

The film is currently untitled, but according to reports that surfaced earlier this week, a shoot is imminent with September being mooted in New York City. A release date is also still to be set by Warner Bros., the studio behind the project.

We’ll bring you more as we get it.