Lady Gaga herself has confirmed her casting in “Joker 2” by posting a musical teaser on social media.
She will star opposite Joaquin Phoenix, who is also set to reprise his titular role. The teaser is set to “Cheek to Cheek,” which Gaga has famously covered in her music career alongside Tony Bennett.
According to the early reports of Variety, Gaga in June was circling the role of Harley Quinn in the sequel, which is titled “Joker: Folie à Deux” and set to be a musical, directed by Todd Phillips.
Phillips posted the screenplay’s cover to Instagram on June 7, revealing the “Folie à Deux” subtitle. The phrase refers to a shared delusional disorder, and Joker’s only real companion.
The teaser, however, does not outright confirm Gaga is playing the character of Harley Quinn.
Actor Margot Robbie has played Quinn three times so far, in 2016’s “Suicide Squad,” 2020’s “Birds of Prey” and 2021’s “The Suicide Squad.” Actor Kaley Cuoco also voices the character on the popular HBO Max animated series “Harley Quinn,” which is now in its third season.
Phillips and Phoenix’s “Joker” was a box office phenomenon in 2019, grossing just over $1 billion worldwide to become the highest-grossing R-rated movie in history. The movie won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and went on to earn 11 Academy Award nominations, including best picture and director.
Phoenix won the Oscar for best actor, as did Hildur Guðnadóttir for the movie’s original score.
Warner Bros aims to release “Joker: Folie à Deux” in theatres in October 2024.