Now this caught me and a lot of people by surprise. Joker 2, also known as Joker: Folie à deux, is confirmed to be a musical…no for real. Also, Lady Gaga is set to play Dr. Harleen Quinzel in the film as well.
From Variety, here’s what they reported:
The Joker is back, and this time he’s bringing a friend.
Lady Gaga is in early talks to star opposite Joaquin Phoenix in director Todd Phillips’ sequel to Joker, the Oscar-winning, $1 billion-grossing, 2019 Warner Bros. hit based on the DC villain.
Phillips has been writing the script with Joker co-writer Scott Silver for some time and has finally shown it to the studio. Last week, Phillips revealed on social media the title of the new project — Joker: Folie à deux — referencing a medical term for an identical or similar mental disorder that affects two or more individuals, usually members of the same family. And while the same social media post showed Phoenix reading the script, the actor’s involvement is not exactly a fait accompli just yet — sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Warners has yet to close a deal with the actor, with the two sides deep into it.
Details on her character are being kept under wraps, but Joker is known for his on-off abusive relationship with Harley Quinn, his psychiatrist at the Arkham Asylum mental institution who falls in love with him and becomes his sidekick and partner in crime. It is unclear whether Phillips and company are using other DC characters or striking out on their own, as they did in many instances with the first movie.
I figured the sequel would be about Joker and Harley Quinn, no way did I think that it would be a musical. I’m sure this is just Todd Phillips trying to get an Oscar because this film has Oscar bait all over. Joker should’ve been one and done, but I want to see where the story goes, so I’m keeping an open mind.