'Joker 2': Lady Gaga confirms role as Harley Quinn alongside Joaquin Phoenix in sequel

The highly anticipated follow-up to the 2019 hit may be a musical, according to reports

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It's the film Joaquin Phoenix won his first Oscar for as Best Actor. Now, the anticipated follow-up to the 2019 hit Joker has a release date and a confirmed co-star: Lady Gaga.

Todd Phillips will return to direct the project, titled Joker: Folie a Deux. It's a reference to the French medical term regarding a mental disorder of psychosis that is passed on from one person to another.

Joker followed the life of the tortured wannabe comedian Arthur Fleck, whose feelings of being downtrodden by society ultimately transform him into the infamous criminal mastermind.

The film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards including for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay, though it did not win either. While Joker was originally intended to be a stand-alone movie, its success at the box office as well as with critics have led to an obvious sequel.

Here’s everything we know about it so far.

When will 'Joker 2' be released?

Warner Bros has announced it will be released on October 4, 2024.

Who is in the film?

Joker (2019)
Joaquin Phoenix with director Todd Phillips on set
CR: Niko Tavernise/Warner Bros.

So far, Phoenix is the only known cast member to be returning from the first feature and was seen reading the script for the sequel in an Instagram post by Phillips. However, he will be joined by Lady Gaga — she and Phillips both shared a video teaser on social media confirming her role.

The clip shows silhouetted figures of Joker and Harley Quinn dancing together, their characters are interspersed with the words "Phoenix", "Gaga" and the film's name in bold letters.

In June, The Hollywood Reporter revealed Gaga was in early talks for the film. No other details have been released about other cast members.

What is the plot of 'Joker 2'?

So far, few details are known about the film. However, The Hollywood Reporter also reported sources citing the sequel will be a musical, which would make sense to cast Gaga as the lead opposite Phoenix.

Gaga was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her role in A Star in Born (2018). However, she won Best Original Song for Shallow, which she co-wrote and performed in the film.

She joins an extensive array of actresses who have played the character, including Margot Robbie, who starred as the "Crime Queen of Gotham City" in the 2020 film Birds of Prey as well as Suicide Squad (2016) and The Suicide Squad (2021) the following year.

Deadline has reported how production on the Joker sequel will start in December.

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— Reuters contributed to this report

Updated: August 05, 2022, 7:43 AM
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