After months of speculation, director Todd Phillips has officially confirmed that Lady Gaga is set to feature in the sequel to the Oscar-winning psychological-thriller, Joker.

Gaga will be joining Joaquin Phoenix, who will be reprising his award-winning titular role as the Crown Prince. Earlier this year, Phillips announced the title of the anticipated sequel, Joker: Folie à Deux.

The announcement comes attached with a teaser video posted to the actor’s Twitter page, which shows two characters (Joker and Gaga’s unconfirmed character) dancing to a French version of the Irving Berlin classic, ‘Cheek to Cheek’.

Now, as to what Gaga’s role entails remains to be seen. Naturally, the character of Harley Quinn comes to mind, which Gaga was unequivocally born to play. If this teaser suggests a love interest between Joker and his new ‘friend’, perhaps the rumour mill will be made a reality in that Gaga’s character will be revealed to be the notorious love interest of the Joker, Harley Quinn. It would make a lot of sense given the sequel’s French title, Folie à Deux, literally translates to “madness for two”.

As for the synopsis of the sequel, this too remains a mystery. Thus far, we know that the Joker sequel is set for an October 4, 2024 release, which just so happens to be exactly five years after the release of the original film. Phoenix will reprise his role as Arthur Fleck/Joker, and we anticipate that, after the events of the first film, he might find himself inside Gotham’s most notorious prison, Arkham Asylum, where Dr. Harleen Quinzel presides as his psychiatrist. From here, the madness will ensue.

It has also been rumoured that the sequel is set to feature as a musical, though this is unconfirmed.

Gaga will undoubtedly bring a level of madness to her eventual role in the Joker sequel. In recent years, the 36-year-old has exemplified that singing isn’t her only forte; she recently starred alongside Adam Driver and Jared Leto in House Of Gucci, while her work on the 2018 remake of A Star Is Born earned her a nomination for Best Actress, as well as the award for Best Original Song for ‘Shallow’.

Released in 2019, Joker went on to receive a stellar 11 Oscar nominations, winning two – Phoenix for best actor and composer Hildur Guðnadóttir for the best original score – thanks to the brilliant and captivating origin story of one of comic’s most iconic villains. The result was a dark, twisted, Scorsese-esque journey that displayed a decaying and gruesome Gotham and a man (Fleck) struggling to survive in it., both physically and mentally.

Watch this space to find out more about the highly-anticipated Joker sequel. 

 

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