After several rumors, a new actress has joined Joaquin Phoenix in the cast of the DC sequel, Joker: Madness for Two.
A thousand leagues from the problems and crappy changes in strategy of Warner – who sacrificed BatgirlFollowing Scooby! and probably the movie about Supergirl – Following Joker quietly continues its preproduction. Unlike several projects stamped Warner or DC, Joker: Madness for Two should not represent a risk for the studio after the critical and commercial triumph of the first part, even if the next film could take a very different and quite unexpected turn compared to the previous film.
Days after director Todd Phillips announced the development of a new film – despite claiming earlier that Joker was not designed to have a sequel -, first rumors were relayed in the specialized press: joker 2 would be a musical with a new Harley Quinn played by Lady Gaga. None of this had been confirmed or denied until the actress and singer recently posted a first teaser announcement on Twitter.
Joker: Madness for Two
—Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) August 4, 2022
If she will therefore be part of the main cast with Joaquin Phoenix, nothing confirms for the moment that she will actually play Harley Quinn or a revisit of this cult character embodied by Margot Robbie in the DCEU. On the other hand, the teaser implies that it could indeed be a musical film, which would justify this casting choice a little more.
If she started shooting in movies as soon as Machete Kills in 2013 and made a notable appearance in the series American Horror StoryIt was necessary to wait A Star is Born in 2018 so that Stefani Germanotta of her real name is really recognized as an actress (with a first Oscar nomination in the category of the best actress). She also starred in the recent House of Gucci by Ridley Scott, despite the film’s failure artistically and commercially.
Lady Gaga aims bigger
joker 2 should thus take place at Arkham Asylum where Arthur Fleck was locked up at the end of the first game. This is where he should meet the character of Lady Gaga who could therefore return to the origins of Harley Quinn, when she was still known as the psychiatrist Harleen Quinzel. The theatrical release of Joker: Madness for Two is scheduled for October 4, 2024 in the United States with the start of filming next December.
Casting announcements and information on the screenplay co-written by Todd Phillips and Scott Silver should therefore follow one another in the months to come. If Jared Leto’s should completely disappear after the Snyder Cutthe Clown Prince of Crime will also be present in DC’s Batverse as Barry Keoghan after appearing at the end of The Batman.
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Joker 2: a new actress officially joins Joaquin Phoenix in the casting