Joker fans can rejoice — an official sequel to Todd Phillip’s acclaimed film is happening, this time with Lady Gaga along for the ride.
After months of speculation, Lady Gaga confirmed the major casting news on social media simply writing “Joker: Folie à Deux 10.04.24” alongside a quick clip featuring the silohuettes of Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker and what fans are assuming is the shadow of Harley Quinn — the Joker’s most famous love interest in the films and comics. Historically, Quinn’s character is a psychiatrist at Arkham Asylym who eventually falls in love with her patient Arthur Fleck, better known as the Joker and reportedly the film will take place in a separate universe than Margot Robbie’s recent iteration of Quinn in the Suicide Squad movies. The film went on to make $1 billion at the box office and scored Phoenix his first Oscar for Best Actor in 2020. The plot for the sequel is still tightly under wraps, but Phillips is returning as a director, per Deadline and this time around the film will also be a musical.
Joker: Folie à Deux
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) August 4, 2022
While the Joker has always been one of the DC universe’s more disturbed characters, Phillips adaption of the origin storyline was especially so. Following the original film’s release, critics debated the necessity of a film like Joker, especially amid a time where the United States continues to be plagued by mass shootings and violence. Adding Gaga to the mix is surely a calculated move in order to influence more women to hit the theater’s for the film’s release. Aside from being an international pop star, Gaga is a damn good actress too. She was nominated for an Oscar for her role as Ally in 2018’s A Star Is Born (though she won an Academy Award for writing the film’s leading song “Shallow”) and was famously snubbed for her portrayal of Patrizia Reggiani in Ridley Scott’s House of Gucci.
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