Lady Gaga in Talks to Play Harley Quinn in ‘Joker’ Sequel, Which Is Also a Musical – Report
Don’t rain on their parade. Just a week after the news this Todd PhillipsThe long-awaited ‘Joker’ sequel was indeed moving forward, with a script and title for the hit feature sequel starring the eventual Oscar winner. Joaquin Phoenix as Clown Prince of Crime, we already have more details about the project.
And what details they are. The Hollywood Reporter shares the news that not only would Phillips have found his leading lady – much needed for a film currently titled “Joker: Folie à Deux” – in nothing less than the multi-talented Lady Gaga, who is currently in “preliminary talks” for the role of Harley Quinn, Joker’s iconic (and equally insane) lover. THR reports that “this new Quinn exists in a different DC Universe than Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, who most recently appeared in 2021’s ‘The Suicide Squad’ as well as several other films,” including the spin-off with Robbie “Birds of Prey”. ”
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And what would a feature film with Lady Gaga be without a musical component? THR also reports that — big gasp! – the sequel is set up like a musical. Given the wild affection for Phoenix’s dance moves in the first movie and the full-throttle talent of multi-Grammy winner Gaga, does this wild pairing actually make a bit of sense?
But let’s not rush. While Gaga is still in preliminary talks for the gig, THR also reports that sources tell them the studio has yet to reach a deal with Phoenix, “with both parties deeply involved.” We assume they will find out, especially as this news lights up the internet.
“Joker”, the sixth highest-grossing film of 2019, was the first R-rated film to gross over $1 billion worldwide. By most measures, it’s the highest-grossing comic book movie of all time, with a budget of between $55 million and $70 million and a final worldwide gross of $1.074 billion.
The film not only won Phoenix the Best Actor award at the 92nd Academy Awards, but Hildur Guðnadóttir the Best Original Score statuette for its whimsical, string-laden music. The film received 11 Oscar nominations in total. Gaga was recently nominated for a Best Actress Nod for her work in “A Star Is Born,” in addition to two Best Song nods for the film, including the eventual winner, “Shallow “.
It’s unclear when “Joker: Folie à Deux” will hit theaters, but this sudden rush of major news about the project signals apparent interest from Warner Bros. Discovery to maintain its quirky superhero spinoff, even during tough times at the studio, which has struggled to replicate the success of Phillips’ smash hit.
IndieWire has contacted Warner Bros. for a comment.
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