The Joker is again, and this time he’s bringing a buddy.
Woman Gaga is in early talks to star reverse Joaquin Phoenix in director Todd Phillips’ sequel to Joker, the Oscar-winning, $1 billion-grossing, 2019 Warner Bros. hit based mostly on the DC villain.
Phillips has been writing the script with Joker co-writer Scott Silver for a while and has lastly proven it to the studio. Final week, Phillips revealed on social media the title of the brand new venture — Joker: Folie à deux — referencing a medical time period for an similar or comparable psychological dysfunction that impacts two or extra people, often members of the identical household. And whereas the identical social media put up confirmed Phoenix studying the script, the actor’s involvement just isn’t precisely a fait accompli simply but — sources inform The Hollywood Reporter that Warners has but to shut a take care of the actor, with the 2 sides deep into it.
Particulars on her character are being saved beneath wraps, however Joker is thought for his on-off abusive relationship with Harley Quinn, his psychiatrist on the Arkham Asylum psychological establishment who falls in love with him and turns into his sidekick and accomplice in crime. It’s unclear whether or not Phillips and firm are utilizing different DC characters or placing out on their very own, as they did in lots of cases with the primary film.
If a deal makes, Gaga would play Quinn. Nevertheless, this new Quinn exists in a special DC universe than Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, who most lately appeared in 2021’s The Suicide Squad in addition to a number of different movies.
However wait, that’s not all: Sources say the sequel can be a musical.
When Warners first made Joker, it was removed from a certain factor. A darkish and moody character piece, the venture was a Taxi Driver-meets-King of Comedy descent into insanity set in a late Seventies decaying metropolis. Business prospects had been deemed nominal, and it was solely budgeted at $60 million.
By the point it was launched in October 2019, Joker was using a wave of adulation from the autumn movie festivals, which helped propel the film right into a record-breaking opening weekend, with field workplace analysts altering their prediction day-after-day. It ended its theatrical run because the No. 4 highest-grossing R-rated film of all time. It then earned 11 Oscar nominations, together with finest image, and received finest actor (for Phoenix) and finest rating (for Hildur Gudnadottir).
Phillips beforehand produced A Star Is Born, the 2018 remake that starred Joker producer Bradley Cooper and Gaga.