Lady Gaga is set to return to the silver screen, confirming her appearance in the upcoming Joker sequel. The news was confirmed by the musician and actor on social media, sharing a brief teaser clip and announcing a release date of October 2024 for Joker: Folie à Deux.
Rumours of Lady Gaga’s casting first emerged back in June, with The Hollywood Reporter suggesting that director Todd Phillips had recruited the pop star to play the role of Harley Quinn, the girlfriend of Joaquin Phoenix’s titular Joker character.
Lady Gaga has confirmed her appearance in Joker: Folie à Deux
Joker: Folie à Deux
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) August 4, 2022
The Hollywood Reporter also claimed the sequel would be a musical. Although this is currently unconfirmed, the teaser clip shared by Lady Gaga was soundtracked by noted musical actor Fred Astaire’s ‘Cheek To Cheek’ and displayed a silhouette of the lead actors in what is ostensibly a dance.
Released in 2019, Phillips’ Joker received widespread acclaim from critics and viewers. The film received 11 Academy Award nominations, with Phoenix winning Best Actor, and composer Hildur Guðnadóttir taking out Best Original Score.
Meanwhile, Lady Gaga has been increasingly focused on acting in recent years, with her most recent film – House Of Gucci – seeing her star alongside Jared Leto, who himself previously portrayed the Joker in the critically-derided Suicide Squad film. Her role in the 2018 remake of A Star Is Born resulted in an Oscar nomination for Best Actress, and the award for Best Original Song for ‘Shallow’.
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