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Here's a First Look at Lady Gaga in the Joker Sequel

Here's a First Look at Lady Gaga in the Joker Sequel

Lady Gaga on the red carpet

Joker: Folie à Deux pairs Lady Gaga with Joaquin Phoenix, who won an Oscar for his Joker portrayal.

Director Todd Phillips chose — appropriately enough — Valentine’s Day to share the first image of Lady Gaga in the upcoming Joker sequel called Joker: Folie à Deux.

On Instagram, he simply posted "Happy Valentines Day" along with an image of Lady Gaga and Joaquin Phoenix, in character as the Joker.

Lady Gaga shared the same image on her Instagram as well, posting "Folie à Deux 🃏" with it.

Although not confirmed or named in the image, it’s thought that Lady Gaga will play the infamous Harley Quinn in this sequel to the Joker.

The new film is by Phillips and is co-written with Scott Oliver — the pair did the 2019 Joker as well. The original film grossed $1 billion in its run, making the R-rated movie one of the all-time top earners for DC.

In the feature, Joker, Arthur Fleck is a failed stand-up comedian and clown who suffers from an unfortunate condition — he laughs at inappropriate times — and requires medication. Failures and disappointments (including no longer having access to his medication) break him down to become the Joker. In a series of escalating events that lead to a riot, another aspect of DC canon unfolds: Bruce Wayne’s parents are killed, creating the origin of Batman. Phoenix earned an Oscar for best actor.

The title, Folie à Deux, is named for a medical syndrome that is defined as "the presence of the same or similar delusional ideas in two persons closely associated with one another," according to Merriam-Webster. It’s also been referred to as “contagious insanity.”

With production in both New York and Los Angeles in preparation for an early October 2024 release, this feature will fall into the new Elseworlds category — an alternate universe to the one the “usual” shared universe in these comics take place in.

“The bar is going to be very high for projects to be outside the DCU, the Elseworlds projects,” Peter Safran, one of the new DC Studio bosses, told The Hollywood Reporter. “But every now and then there will be something that lives up to that.”

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