“Joker 2” already has a release date! It’s official: Lady Gaga is joining the cast!

Warner Bros. studio has revealed the release date for “Joker: Folie à Deux,” the 2nd installment of the most profitable film with an age category of R (not recommended for those under 17). The unusual sequel is announced as a musical. Director Todd Phillips wanted Lady Gaga to star in it, and that’s exactly what will happen!

[Photo: Warner Bros., Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons]

“The Joker” returns with a sequel

“The Joker” — the title character of the blockbuster film directed by Todd Phillips — is perhaps the most tragic hero we have seen in the last decade. The character of Arthur Fleck, played by Joaquin Phoenix, earned the actor an Oscar and absolutely went beyond the Gotham City comics that spawned it.

Indeed, Phillips’ film from three years ago is a fascinating study of mental illness and social exclusion — a dangerous combination with desperate consequences. In response to the anguish experienced, a lust for bloody revenge is awakened in the protagonist (phenomenally played by Phoenix). The sick mind becomes possessed by demons.

The 2019 drama, a strong departure from the DC Comics universe from which it originated, shocked audiences and swayed critics and viewers. It received 11 Oscar nominations and two statuettes (in addition to Phoenix, the honor went to Hildur Guðnadóttir for her production music). It earned $1 billion 74.4 million on a budget of $55 million, earning it the title of the most profitable film with an age category of R (covering productions not recommended for those under 17).

For those who have been dreaming of a sequel to the story of Arthur Fleck, we have good news: the director and co-writer of the film has confirmed that there will be a sequel to the blockbuster. In June 2022, he posted two photos on social media: of the script and Joaquin Phoenix reading the sequel’s script.

Joaquin Phoenix — [Photo: Harald Krichel, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons]

“Joker: Folie à Deux” — what does the title of the 2nd part mean?

The 2nd part of the production was titled “Joker: Folie à Deux.” The French phrase refers to the medical term for granted paranoia (other terms: induced paranoia or granted insanity) — a condition in which a person who is closely associated with a patient or illness begins to relate delusional thoughts without criticism, and eventually approaches insanity itself.

Does the title of the 2nd installment indicate that the Joker will get a partner or a partner this time? All signs point to it. Many male and female fans believe that Arthur will enter into a relationship with Harley Quinn, another fictional character appearing in comic books and movies related to Batman’s history. What will it really be like? It’s hard to say at this point. Shooting hasn’t started yet, and the cast is also unknown — with the exception of Phoenix. All we know is that Scott Silver is co-writing the script.

“Joker: Folie à Deux” will be a musical.

However, the surprises do not end there. If media reports are to be believed, director Todd Phillips is not just going to expand on Arthur Pleck’s story, but will introduce completely new and fresh elements to it. First, according to The Hollywood Reporter, he will change the genre. After all, the “Joker” sequel will be a musical, and he intends to cast an icon of modern music in one of the leading roles.

Hard to imagine, isn’t it? But given the director’s genius, we can expect that he can work with even the most unlikely concepts.

“Joker” 2: Lady Gaga as Harley Quinn

Although plot details still remain a mystery, the appearance of Harley Quinn in the “Joker” sequel is becoming increasingly certain. No wonder — in the Batman comic series, the psychiatrist in Arkham Asylum fell in love with the Joker and became his partner in crime, so the introduction of this character seems a logical move.

Todd Phillips cast Lady Gaga in the role. The music and fashion icon has also been moving more and more boldly in the Hollywood world recently. The star of the films “Birth of a Star” and “House of Gucci” has successfully completed talks with Warner about her engagement, and boasted the news on her official social media profiles.

Lady Gaga — [Photo: SMP Entertainment, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons]

“Joker: Folie à Deux”: release date

Warner Bros. studio has revealed the release date for “Joker: Folie à Deux.” The film, directed by Todd Phillips, will debut in theaters on October 4, 2024. Are you also looking forward to it?

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