No joke: Lady Gaga joins Joaquin Phoenix in ‘Joker 2’

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Lady Gaga has officially joined the Warner Bros. cast. Joaquin Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck sequel to the Joker sequel. After weeks of speculation about the Grammy and Academy Award winner’s involvement in the project, the Chromatica artist confirmed the rumors Thursday by releasing an animated clip of herself and Phoenix dancing in silhouettes to the standard “Cheek to Cheek.” .

The promotional video also reveals a title and release date for the film: “Joker: Folie à Deux” will be released on October 4, 2024.

According to Variety, Gaga is set to play madcap Gotham City villain Harley Quinn in the sequel to 2019’s “Joker,” a dark origin story about Batman’s cackling nemesis that’s been nominated for 11 Oscars.

At the 92nd Academy Awards, Phoenix took home the Lead Actor award, while “Joker” composer Hildur Guðnadóttir became the first woman to win the Oscar for Original Music in 20 years. Todd Phillips, who received an Oscar nomination for directing “Joker,” returns to direct the sequel.

“The second or third week of shooting [‘Joker’], I was like, ‘Todd, can you start working on a sequel? There’s far too much to explore,'” Phoenix told The Times in 2019. “It was kind of a joke – but not really.”

“It would have to have some thematic resonance in a similar way [‘Joker’] does,” Phillips added. “Because I think that’s ultimately why the film is connected, it’s what’s going on underneath. So many movies are about the spark, and this one is about the powder. If you could recap that for real, that would be interesting.”

Unlike its predecessor, Joker: Folie à Deux will be a musical, which likely contributed to the decision to cast a world-renowned musician as the female lead. Previously, Gaga starred and sang in the 2018 remake of A Star Is Born, which earned her an Oscar nomination for Lead Actress and an Oscar for her original song, Shallow.

The casting announcement for “Joker 2” comes shortly after Warner Bros. scrapped plans to publish another DC Comics adaptation, “Batgirl,” which had already completed production and was slated for a release on HBO Max.

Amid reports that the studio giant will no longer be offering the superhero film on its streaming platform or in theaters, ‘Batgirl’ directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah issued a joint statement on Wednesday, expressing their disappointment brought.

“We are saddened and shocked by the news. We still can’t believe it,” they said.

“As directors, it is critical that our work is shown to audiences, and while the film was far from complete, we wish fans around the world had had the opportunity to see and enjoy the finished film for themselves. Maybe one day they will insha’Allah.”

Leslie Grace – who would star as the title character in ‘Batgirl’ – also responded to Warner Bros.’ controversial decision via Instagram.

“I feel blessed to have worked under the absolute greats and built relationships throughout my life!” wrote the ‘In the Heights’ actor.

“To every Batgirl fan – THANK YOU for the love and faith that made it possible for me to don the cloak and, as Babs put it best, become ‘my own fucking hero’! #Batgirl for life!”

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