Lady Gaga has officially joined the cast of Todd Phillip’s Joker sequel.
The 36-year-old Oscar and Grammy winner confirmed her involvement with Joker: Folie à Deux on Twitter today, sharing a teaser for the film on social media that depicts Joaquin Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck (Joker) dancing with the character that she will be playing. This is almost certain to be Harley Quinn, Joker’s partner in crime, who was most recently portrayed by Margot Robbie in James Gunn’s Suicide Squad movie.
Gaga’s teaser for Joker: Folie à Deux can also confirm that the sequel will be headed to theaters next year on October 4, 2024, echoing a report shared yesterday by Deadline.
Joker: Folie à Deux— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) August 4, 2022
Lady Gaga’s involvement with Joker: Folie à Deux was originally teased in June, when reports began going out about how the singer and actress had been “in early talks” to star in the movie opposite of Phoenix. Phoenix hadn’t signed on for the film yet at the time, but the actor is obviously on board now.
A report from Variety about movie stars’ salaries has provided insight on why that was probably an easy decision for Phoenix, whose past credits include Gladiator and The Master.
When he first portrayed Gotham’s most infamous villain in 2019’s “Joker,” Phoenix earned $4.5 million. The film went on to earn more than $1 billion and landed the actor an Oscar. If Warner Bros. is going to get Phoenix back in clown makeup, it will cost the studio $20 million.
Phoenix won an Academy Award for Best Actor in 2020 for his performance in Joker, while Gaga managed to earn an Oscar for Best Original Song in 2019 for “Shallow.” The song is featured in 2018’s A Star in Born, which Gaga starred in opposite of Bradley Cooper.
Gaga’s most recent role was in Ridley Scott’s House of Gucci, where she played Patrizia Reggiani, the Italian socialite who hired a hitman to have her ex-husband, Maurizio Gucci, killed. The soundtrack for Top Gun: Maverick also includes a new track from Gaga called “Hold My Hand.”
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