In June last year, it was confirmed that pop star and fashion sensation, Lady Gaga would play Harley Quinn in the new movie “Joker: Folie à Deux” the sequel to Todd Phillips’ 2019 film Joker. Gaga has now revealed a first-look image ahead of the film’s release date.
In the image which was shared on Instagram by Lady Gaga and the director of the movie Todd Phillips, she appears to be infatuated with the Phoenix’s Joker in a close-up shot. The caption of the image reads “Happy Valentine’s Day” on Phillip’s Instagram page while Gaga’s only comment was the sequel’s title. “Folie à Deux” and a joker’s hat emoji.
In the movie, Lady Gaga, 36, plays Harley Quinn, the Joker’s longstanding henchwoman and love interest who he first met while she worked as his psychiatrist at Gotham City’s Arkham Asylum. Joaquin Phoenix 48, replays his iconic role as the legendary Batman Villain.
The character was first created for the popular 1992 Saturday morning cartoon Batman: The Animated Series and quickly became a fan favorite, crossing over from TV screens to comic book pages. Margot Robbie brought the role to life first, playing Harley in 2016’s Suicide Squad and its 2021 sequel as well as the character’s spinoff movie, Birds of Prey (2020).
Speaking on Lady Gaga taking up the role of Harley Quinn Robbie said: “It makes me so happy because I said from the very beginning, all I want is for Harley Quinn to be one of those characters, the way like Macbeth or Batman always gets passed from great actor to great actor,” Robbie told MTV News in October 2022.”
“It’s such an honor to have built a foundation strong enough that Harley can now be one of those characters that other actors get to have a go at playing. I think she’ll do something incredible with it,” she added.
The first “Joker” from Phillips was a critical and financial success in 2019, becoming the most successful R-rated movie ever. It took home the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and competed fiercely for Best Actor at the Oscars, getting 11 nods for Joaquin Phoenix’s depiction of Arthur Fleck (aka Joker). Hildur Gunadóttir received numerous honors for her score, most notably the Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media in addition to the Oscar and Golden Globe Awards for Best Original Score.
Lady Gaga has also worked with Todd Phillips on her starring role in “A Star Is Born,” which Phillips produced.
“Joker: Folie à Deux” is currently set for an October 4, 2024, theatrical release via Warner Bros.