When Todd Phillips’ released Joker in 2019, the film was pegged to be a stand-alone movie without any ties to the mainstream DCEU and a sequel. But last week, he rocked the online world when it was revealed that he was working on continuing Arthur Fleck’s descent into madness.
Whenever the Clown Prince of Crime is tipped for a big-screen appearance, fans often wonder if his accomplice Harley Quinn is also set to show up.
While the premise of the 2019 film made it clear that she would be absent (along with many of Batman’s allies and adversaries), the sequel seems to indicate that she may be appearing as the iconic Lady Gaga is in the middle of talks with the director.
The singer & actress is currently in talks with Todd Phillips to appear in the Joker sequel, which has been given the title “Joker: Folie a Deux,” to play the iconic Harley Quinn.
Although details on Gaga’s character are still tightly sealed, the speculations of her playing Harley Quinn are strong. However, her iteration may be far from Margot Robbie’s portrayal.
Although there is no word yet, the negotiation seems to be positive. Phillips worked with the Grammy-winning singer in A Star is Born, a musical that included the Joker director on board as a producer.
The second Joker film has been revealed to be a musical, something that Lady Gaga can significantly take advantage of.
The news is a great surprise for fans who loved the 2019 Martin Scorsese tribute (taking heavy inspiration from Taxi Driver, King of Comedy, and Raging Bull). However, the new direction Phillips is taking will not only benefit from Lady Gaga’s singing talent but also introduce newer fans to Joaquin Phoenix’s as well.
Phoenix has already showcased that he is a highly versatile actor, and in the 2005 Johnny Cash biopic, people were mesmerized by his singing abilities. But even more impressive was the fact that Phoenix was able to drop his voice low enough to imitate the legendary country singer.
Todd Phillips has been working on the script with co-writer Scott Silver. The title of the upcoming project, Joker: Folie a Deux, may refer to a shared delusional psychosis, which opens the door to a Harley Quinn appearance.
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