The Joker has finally met his match. After months of speculation, Lady Gaga confirmed that she will star opposite Joaquin Phoenix in the upcoming Joker sequel.“Joker: Folie à Deux,” the “Applause” singer wrote via Instagram in August 2022, alongside the film’s planned release date, “10.04.24.” Gaga accompanied her post with a video featuring black silhouettes of herself and Phoenix (in character as Arthur Fleck) dancing on a red background.
Set to a carnival-inspired version of “Cheek to Cheek,” the clip ends with the duo’s outlines in a waltz as crazed laughter can be heard.Details of the film’s plot have not yet been revealed, though Gaga is rumored to play Harley Quinn, who is often depicted as being in an on-and-off, abusive relationship with the Joker in the comic books.
The film’s title, Folie à Deux — a French term that refers to a “delusion or mental illness” shared by two people in close association — could be a nod to the difficult relationship between the characters.Though Joker was initially intended to be a stand-alone film, rumors of a possible sequel first surfaced in August 2019, when writer and director Todd Phillips told Total Film magazine that he would be open to making another film provided that Phoenix was involved. “One thing I will tell you: I would do anything with Joaquin, any day of the week,” he said at the time. “There’s nobody like him.
If he was willing to do it, and if people show up to this movie [I would].”In June 2022, Phillips confirmed that he would write and direct the sequel, Joker: Folie à Deux, by sharing a photo of the script via Instagram.Read more on usmagazine.com