Big, strange news in the world of movies today as word leaks out that Lady Gaga is in early talks to star in Joker 2.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, if the deal closes she will play Harley Quinn opposite Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker in the Todd Phillips movie. at Warner Bros. The news keeps on getting weirder. Apparently it will be a musical. As to whether this means one or two songs, or a full on camp-fest full of belting showtunes, remains to be seen.
The take on the character is said to be very different to the Margot Robbie version of the character. Everyone knows the basic story – Joker and Harley have an on-off abusive relationship. She was his psychiatrist at the mental institution known as Arkham Asylum who fell in love with him, becoming his sometime sidekick.
How this, or the news it is a musical, gels with the Taxi Driver type approach of the Joker universe is intriguing.
The title of the new project is Joker: Folie à deux which references a medical term for an identical or similar mental disorder that affects two or more individuals, usually members of the same family, at the same time.
Phillips has been working on the script for over a year with co-writing partner Scott Silver and has now shared it with the studio and Phoenix, who is not yet signed on officially. He won an Oscar for the role and the movie grossed over $1 billion. It ended its theatrical run as the No. 4 highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time and snared 11 Oscar nominations.
Phillips previously produced the A Star Is Born remake in 2018, similarly musically themed and also starring Lady Gaga.