As the cameras continue to whir on ‘Joker’ sequel ‘Joker: Folie à Deux’, we’re getting another look at the movie––and this time, things are going a little Gaga.
Lady Gaga, to be exact, as the singer and actress is playing a mysterious new role opposite Joaquin Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck, who in the first movie adopted the persona of Joker when society rejected his stand-up attempts and he turned to causing chaos.
Co-writer/director Todd Phillips offered a new photo from the film, this time featuring Gaga and Phoenix in a tender moment, which seems fitting, since it was posted on Valentine’s Day.
There has been plenty of chatter––which this image will do nothing to dispel––that Gaga is playing Harley Quinn, famously in Batman lore the psychologist at Arkham Asylum who falls for the Joker, and then is thrown by her lover into a chemical vat so she can look more like him.
Gaga looks normal here, which makes sense since Phoenix’s Fleck doesn’t have the chemical origin story of his character, he just uses make-up to achieve his look, which is in evidence in the picture.
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What’s the story of the movie?
Co-writer Scott Silver and Phillips have been hard at work on drafts of the script, and the movie’s title translates to the term for a mental disorder that affects more than one person. And that’s definitely a good way to describe the viral chaos that Arthur Fleck began scattering around Gotham in the original.
How closely the new movie will hew to established DC lore is unknown at this point – we’d honestly put money on Phillips continuing to chart his own path, picking and choosing how Fleck’s story intersects with the wider Bat-world. And from the sounds of everything we’ve heard so far, this represents the filmmakers branching out from the 1970s crime vibe of the original.
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Who else is in the film?
Alongside Gaga and Phoenix, the sequel will see the return of Zazie Beetz as Sophie Drummond––Arthur’s neighbor, who he fantasized a romance with in the first movie.
And that’s not all; the movie will also boast the talents of Brendan Gleeson (Oscar nominated for last year’s ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’, ‘Mud’s Jacob Lofland, ‘The Pale Blue Eye’s Harry Lawtey and Catherine Keener, who was most recently seen in ‘The Adam Project’. There’s no information about how they’ll fit into the film yet.
‘Joker: Folie à Deux’ is scheduled for release in theaters until October 4th, 2024.
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Witten by Todd Phillips and Scott Silver, directed by Todd Phillips, the action, crime, drama, musical, thriller ‘Joker: Folie à Deux’ is scheduled for release from DC Studios and Warner Bros. Pictures on October 4th 2024.