Brace Yourselves: Lady Gaga and Joaquin Phoenix’s Musical Sequel to ‘Joker’ Is Coming

Todd Phillips’s Joker made over $1 billion when it was released in 2019 and earned its formidable lead, Joaquin Phoenix, a best actor Oscar. So, it comes as no surprise to hear that the twisted psychological thriller centered on the green-haired super villain and Batman adversary is getting a sequel. What is startling, however, is that the new project is slated to be a musical, and Lady Gaga could be taking on one of its starring roles.

On June 13, The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that the multi-hyphenate, last seen on screen as the flamboyant Patrizia Reggiani in House of Gucci, was in early talks to join Phoenix in Joker: Folie à Deux. The film’s title, revealed by Phillips on social media, is a reference to a medical term for an identical or similar mental disorder that affects two or more individuals, usually members of the same family. 

The auteur will be returning to the director’s chair and has co-written the script with Scott Silver, with whom he collaborated on Joker. Sources added that the sequel would be a musical and that, if a deal was reached, Gaga would play Harley Quinn, Joker’s baseball bat-wielding partner in crime, embodied by Margot Robbie in Suicide Squad opposite Jared Leto’s menacing clown. On August 3, a release date was announced, too: October 4, 2024. 

Is the title Joker: Folie à Deux, then, a nod to a condition the titular anti-hero shares with Harley Quinn, or one he shared with his troubled mother, Penny, as played by Frances Conroy in Joker? It’s one of the many questions that have yet to be answered, including whether additional DC superheroes will appear in the new film or if the story will be grounded in reality as its predecessor was. Either way, with Gaga’s involvement, expect the costumes to be just as dazzling as the music.

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