Gaga is anticipated to portray Harley Quinn alongside Joaquin Phoenix in the October 2024 release. Lady Gaga has confirmed she will co-star with Joaquin Phoenix in the upcoming sequel to Todd Phillips’ 2019 film Joker. Earlier today, the musician and actor, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, confirmed her and Phoenix’s participation in Joker: Folie à Deux with a teaser (August 4). Phillips confirmed in June that a sequel to 2019’s Joker was in the works by posting a cover image of the script he and co-writer Scott Silver wrote, as well as a photo of Phoenix reading the script.
Shortly after the announcement of Folie à Deux, it was reported that Gaga was in early talks to play Harley Quinn, the psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum who falls in love with the Joker, helps him escape, and eventually becomes his sidekick and love interest. There were also rumors that the film, whose French title translates to “shared madness,” will be a musical. In recent years, Gaga has starred in multiple films, including 2018’s A Star Is Born – which Phillips produced – and 2017’s House of Gucci.
The confirmation of Gaga’s participation in the film follows the announcement of its release date. Joker: Folie à Deux is scheduled to hit theaters on October 4, 2024, exactly five years after the release of the original Joker. According to Deadline, Joker: Folie à Deux will begin production in December. NME deemed the 2019 release of the original Joker a “instant classic” in a five-star review, praising Phoenix’s performance as Arthur Fleck. Greg Wetherall wrote, “The appearance is one thing, but the overall delivery is a tour de force.” “He accomplishes the difficult feat of creating an anti-hero who connects with the audience despite their disapproval of his decisions and hatred of his actions. “Phoenix transfers this disorienting sensation from the screen to your senses.”