Lady Gaga has been cast in Joaquin Phoenix's 'Joker' sequel.

The First Pics Of Lady Gaga As Harley Quinn Are Criminally Good

This look is no joke.

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Joaquin Phoenix is set to reprise his titular role in a sequel to 2019’s Joker, but don’t expect the the follow-up, Joker: Folie à Deux, to be a typical villain movie. On Aug. 4, 2022, Lady Gaga took to Instagram and Twitter to share a teaser for the upcoming film, confirming her involvement in the movie, as well as its release date. In June 2022, The Hollywood Reporter first reported Gaga was in early talks to star alongside Phoenix in the sequel, which is reportedly a musical. She is taking on the iconic role of the Joker’s one-time sidekick turned supervillain of her own, Harley Quinn. So, will the new project give fans new Gaga music? Here’s everything to know about Joker: Folie à Deux.

The film’s title is actually a French psychiatric term used to describe a rare phenomenon in which two people share the same mental illness or hallucinations. In the comic books and past iterations of the Joker and Harley Quinn’s twisted love story, Harley begins as Joker’s doctor at Arkham Asylum, eventually falling in love with him and becoming his sidekick. So far, THR and Variety report Folie à Deux will be a musical, with Gaga clowning it up as a new version of Harley Quinn.

Of course, Gaga is no stranger to the big screen, having stolen hearts in A Star is Born, not to mention her ambitious role in House of Gucci, despite its mixed reviews. As an actor who likes to really immerse herself in every role, playing Harley Quinn will undoubtedly be an intense task. Considering Gaga’s success as a triple threat (she earned an Oscar for “Shallow” from A Star Is Born), the musical rumors surrounding Joker: Folie à Deux make a lot more sense. In Gaga’s teaser, cutouts of Joker and her character are seen dancing to a rendition of “Cheek to Cheek,” a jazz song Gaga famously covered with Tony Bennett on their first joint album together.

Below, more about the sequel.

Joker: Folie à Deux Cast

Aside from Phoenix and Gaga’s involvement, the only other confirmed cast member with a revealed character is Zazie Beetz as Sophie, the role she played in 2019’s Joker. Brendan Gleeson, Catherine Keener, Jacob Lofland, and Harry Lawtey have all joined the cast, but their roles have yet to be revealed.

On March 25, the first photos of Gaga in her Harley Quinn costume were caught on the Joker: Folie à Deux set. The pics show Gaga with clownlike eye makeup wearing a red jacket over Harley’s signature black-and-white diamond patterned top.

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Joker: Folie à Deux Release Date

Unfortunately, fans have quite a long wait for this follow-up. Gaga’s announcement confirmed the release date: Oct. 4, 2024.

Joker: Folie à Deux Trailer

There is not yet a trailer for Joker: Folie à Deux, but Gaga did share a teaser that alludes to the twisty story to come.

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