Joker 2 Will Be A Musical Starring Lady Gaga, Apparently

Talk about an extreme genre switch...

Fans were ecstatic when it was confirmed there would be a Joker sequel with Joaquin Phoenix set to reprise his role. And now it seems that Lady Gaga could also be set to star and it could end up being a musical.

Just days ago (from the time of writing), Joker director Todd Phillips took to Instagram to confirm that there will be a sequel to his 2019 film. Phillips also confirmed that Joaquin Phoenix would be reprising his role as the titular character.

And now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Grammy and Academy Award-winner Lady Gaga is in talks to star alongside Phoenix in the Joker sequel – titled Joker: Folie à deux.

If a deal is reached, Gaga will play Harley Quinn, the Joker’s sidekick and love interest who debuted in Batman: The Animated Series, and then appeared in numerous DC comics.

Harley Quinn being introduced in the Joker sequel would make a lot of sense considering the film’s title ‘Folie à Deux – literally means ‘madness for two’ and, arguably, no other characters in the DC comics are quite as mad as Joker and Quinn.

It’s hard to consider the sequel as a musical, as Joker was so dark. Image Credit: Warner Bros.

Plus, as Joker ended with Arthur Fleck a.k.a Joker in Arkham Asylum, the sequel could easily pick up where the first film ended and follow Quinn’s origin story from the comics – Quinn was Joker’s psychiatrist at Arkham but then fell in love with him.

Will Joker 2 be a musical?

Apparently so! Once again, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Joker: Folie à deux will be a musical. This is quite surprising considering how grounded and gritty the first Joker was; although it explains why the studio is talking to Gaga – an accomplished singer and star of the insanely successful musical A Star Is Born.

Plus, Joker 2 director Todd Phillips was a producer on A Star is Born too, making him the perfect candidate to turn his upcoming Joker sequel into something with a little more sing-a-long.

To be perfectly honest, we can’t really imagine Joker: Folie à deux as a musical. It’s such an extreme genre switch from the first film. That said, most of us were certain there’d never be a Joker performance that would rival Heath Ledger’s, and Joker and Phoenix certainly proved us wrong… Maybe they’ll surprise us again.

Joker 2 Release Date

There’s no release date just yet for Joker 2. In fact, it hasn’t even begun filming. All that has been confirmed so far is the title of the movie and a few members of the cast.

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