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Lady Gaga Confirms ‘Joker 2’ Role Opposite Joaquin Phoenix

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Although the narrative of the Joker sequel has not yet been revealed, we do know that Todd Phillips will return to direct. He collaborated on the script with Scott Silver, just like they did on the first movie. Although her portrayal of the character would take place in a different DC universe from that of Margot Robbie’s in the Suicide Squad movies, it has been reported that Lady Gaga will play Harley Quinn, in Joker 2 the Arkham Asylum shrink who falls in love with her patient Arthur Fleck aka the Joker.

Lady Gaga Confirms ‘Joker 2’

On October 4, 2024, the follow-up to the Oscar-winning Joker from 2019 is scheduled for release. Director Todd Phillips confirmed the release date in an Instagram post after Deadline broke the news on Thursday. Joaquin Phoenix, who won the Best Actor Oscar for playing the role in the first film, will be making a comeback, and Lady Gaga will be joining the cast.

Lady Gaga announced on social media that she had been cast in “Joker 2” by sharing a musical teaser. Gaga will appear in the follow-up, formally titled “Joker: Folie à Deux,” opposite Joaquin Phoenix, who will reprise the role of the Joker after winning the Oscar for best actor for his work in the 2019 original. The song playing in the teaser is “Cheek to Cheek,” which Lady Gaga famously sang with Tony Bennett in her music career.

Lady Gaga Confirms Joker 2

The Instagram post doesn’t specify who Gaga may portray, but a potential part might be Harley Quinn, the Joker’s longtime partner (previously played by Margot Robbie in the DCEU). However, there are rumours that the movie will feature more musical themes, which would make Gaga a natural fit. Joker: Folie à Deux, which literally translates to “madness for two,” is the name of the sequel that Phillips had announced on Instagram was moving forward in June.

According to a Variety report from June, Gaga was mulling over a possible Harley Quinn role in the upcoming “Joker” sequel, which will also include a musical. On June 7, the screenplay’s cover was uploaded to Instagram by the director Todd Phillips, revealing the subtitle “Folie à Deux.” The term alludes to a common hallucination disease, and Harley, a character first developed for “Batman: The Animated Series” in the early 1990s, has been the Joker’s only actual buddy other from Batman. However, the trailer does not explicitly state that Gaga is portraying Harley.

For Warner Bros., Harley Quinn has proven to be a dependable figure. In the hit HBO Max animated series “Harley Quinn,” which is currently in its third season, Kaley Cuoco provides the voice of the character. Margot Robbie has performed the part three times: in the 2016 film “Suicide Squad,” the 2020 film “Birds of Prey,” and the 2021 film “The Suicide Squad.”

Fleck, a struggling stand-up comedian, began a downward spiral that resulted in the development of a legendary villain as Phillips’ Joker, unveiled in 2019, watched. Phoenix won his first Oscar for the movie, which also earned Hildur Gunadóttir a medal for Best Original Score. The movie made more than $1 billion worldwide.

The first “Joker” from Phillips became a box office sensation in 2019, earning well over $1 billion globally to become the most successful R-rated film in history (unadjusted for inflation). The film received 11 nominations for Academy Awards, including best picture and director, after taking home the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. Phoenix and Hildur Gunadóttir each received an Oscar for best original score. Joker was initially supposed to be a standalone movie, but due to its box office success and Academy Award nominations (where it got 11 nods, including Best Picture), a sequel was a foregone conclusion.

That is especially true given the rocky box office results of Warner Bros. movies based on DC Comics series. Although The Batman from this year was generally seen as a triumph (and a sequel was swiftly approved), Ezra Miller’s standalone Flash movie has encountered numerous problems, and The Suicide Squad from the previous year performed poorly at the box office. The Joker sequel’s filming is scheduled to begin in December.

“Joker: Folie à Deux” will be released by Warner Bros. on October 4, 2024. Check out Gaga’s social media post below to see the musical preview.

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