‘Joker’ Sequel Unveils First Look at Lady Gaga in Character
Lady Gaga is getting her closeup in Joker: Folie à deux, with filmmaker Todd Phillips sharing a first-look of her in character on Instagram. Naturally, it was for Valentine’s Day.
Gaga is believed to be playing DC mainstay Harley Quinn in the sequel to Joker, the 2019 film that grossed $1 billion and earned star Joaquin Phoenix a best actor Oscar.
Phillips once again directs the film, which he wrote with Scott Silver. Over the course of the previous Joker, Phillips shared looks at Phoenix, a tradition he kept up when on Dec. 10 he took to Instagram to announced filming had commenced with a photo of his leading man.
Filming is underway in New York and Los Angeles as it heads toward its Oct. 4, 2024 date from Warner Bros. Gaga previously worked with Phillips on A Star Is Born, which he produced.
The first Joker was a surprise hit, with the R-rated movie becoming one of the top-grossing DC films of all time. It followed Arthur Fleck, an aspiring stand-up and clown whose mental health issues cause him to spiral after suffering rejection after rejection. He ultimately dons the Joker persona and becomes a folk hero. The sequel title, Folie à Deux, is a reference to a medical term for an identical or similar mental disorder impacting two or more people, usually the members of a close family.