‘Joker: Folie À Deux’: What to Know About the Lady Gaga Sequel


Five years after Joker released in theaters to critical and fan acclaim, it is almost time for the star-studded sequel, Joker Folie à Deuxto dance its way into theaters to the tune of “Rock and Roll Part 2” by Gary Glitter. 

On Tuesday, Warner Bros. Discovery and the film’s cast and crew — including Lady Gaga and director Todd Phillips — dropped the first poster for the upcoming sequel, which is based on the DC characters of Joker (Joaquin Phoenix) and Harley Quinn (Lady Gaga).

The poster — which includes the name of the film, release date, and the message that “the world is a stage” — shows the pair dancing in the spotlight of a blue-hued room in their infamous clown makeup. Phoenix, 49, sports comic-accurate green hair while Gaga, 38, wears her Harley Quinn gold locks pulled back into a bun. 

Lady Gaga and Joaquin Phoenix in the first poster for 'Joker: Folie a Deux' – Warner Bros. Pictures

Along with the first poster for the October 2024 release, the filmmakers teased a new trailer, which will drop on Tuesday, April 9. 

“The world is a stage. Joker: Folie à Deux trailer coming April 9. 🃏,” wrote the “Bad Romance” singer in an Instagram post on Tuesday. She was first announced to be joining the cast back in August 2022, months before they were first spotted filming in and around New York City. 

In anticipation of the new film, ET is answering some of the biggest questions surrounding the movie, including who’s in it, what it’s about, and when we can see it.

When does Joker Folie à Deux premiere? 

The movie drops in theaters on Oct. 4, 2024 in the United States. Warner Bros. has yet to announce or share details about international release dates and if they differ from the U.S. release. The date marks exactly five years since the original movie came out. 

Lady Gaga and Joaquin Phoenix on the set of 'Joker: Folie a Deux' in NYC – Gotham/GC Images

 What is Joker: Folie à Deux about? 

While the exact details of the project are being kept under wraps, it is believed to be a continuation of the Joker origin story told in the first film. That movie followed Batman’s nemesis, Arthur Fleck, as he turned from comedian to villain. 

Based on photos released by Phillips on his Instagram while filming, it seems as though the film will closely follow the DC Comics story about how the Joker and Harley Quinn came to fall in love. 

In the comics, Joker is a patient at the Arkham Asylum after his arrest and put under the care of Dr. Harleen Quinzel. Joker slowly turns Quinzel against her better judgment until he eventually pushes her into a vat of chemicals, bleaching her skin and driving her mad. 

In 2023, the film was confirmed to be a musical and just last month, Variety reported that Joker: Folie à Deux includes at least 15 cover songs, making it similar to Moulin Rouge starring Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman. The outlet also shared that original tracks may also be included. 

Who stars in the film? 

In the highly-anticipated sequel, Joaquin Phoenix reprises his role as Joker while Lady Gaga joins the cast as Harley Quinn — Joker’s psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum-turned-lover. Also returning is Zazie Beets as Sophie Dumond – a single mother who lives in the same building as Joker. Newcomers include Steve Coogan, The Banshees of Inisherin star Brendan Gleeson, and Catherine Keener, who all star in undisclosed roles. 

Steve Coogan, Brendan Gleeson and Catherine Keener have all joined the sequel in undisclosed roles – Mike Marsland/WireImage/JC Olivera/Getty Images/Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Where was the movie filmed? 

The movie was filmed in New York City and surrounding areas in the winter and spring of 2023. At the time, Gaga and Phoenix were caught filming on the stairs where Phoenix’s character had his now-infamous dance scene from the 2019 original film. The on-screen couple was seen looking affectionate as Gaga busted out moves of her own on the steps. 

Lady Gaga and Joaquin Phoenix on set of 'Joker Folie a Deux' in 2023 – Gotham/GC Images

Production was also in progress outside of a New York City courthouse in late March. In photos posted online, Gaga’s iteration of the iconic character — who has previously been played by Margot Robbie and Kaley Cuoco — walked into the building and even gave the middle finger to one person in a crowd outside.

Days later, the movie was seen shooting at a building in Belleville, New Jersey, which will serve as Arkham Asylum for the purpose of the film. 

Lady Gaga on set of the 'Joker: Folie à Deux' in March 2023 – KENA BETANCUR/AFP via Getty Images
A general view of the Arkham Asylum in 'Joker: Folie à Deux' on March 28, 2023 in Belleville, New Jersey – Gotham/GC Images

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