A new DC star is born.
Lady Gaga is in negotiations to join ‘Joker: Madness for Two’ as Joker’s crazy partner, Harley Quinn, for what would be a musical sequel to director Todd Phillips’ 2019 blockbuster.
Speculation that Harley Quinn would appear in the film first surfaced after Phillips posted the script cover to Instagram on June 7. The subtitle, Folie à Deux, refers to a shared delusional disorder and Joker’s only true companion – otherwise Batman was Quinn, a character first created for “Batman: The Animated Series “in the early 1990s.
Making “Joker 2” a musical is another bold move by Phillips, which has struck gold — at the box office (with $1 billion in worldwide revenue) and at the Oscars (with 12 nominations and two wins) — when he cropped the Dark Knight’s number one. villain as a lonely anti-hero. Joaquin Phoenix won Best Actor for his performance as The Joker, aka Arthur Fleck; he is also expected to return to his performance, although his deal is yet to be settled.
All other details about “Folie à Deux” remain under wraps, so it’s unclear if Gaga would contribute music to the project as well, but it’s a safe bet that it’s at least on the table. Gaga worked with Phillips as one of the producers on 2018’s ‘A Star Is Born’, which earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress – and an Oscar win for Original Song . That film’s star and director, Bradley Cooper, was also a producer on “Joker,” but it’s unclear what level of involvement he has on “Folie à Deux.”
Harley Quinn has proven to be an enduring character for Warner Bros. Margot Robbie has played the role three times, in “Suicide Squad” in 2016, “Birds of Prey” in 2020 and “The Suicide Squad” in 2021, and Kaley Cuoco voices the character on the popular HBO Max animated series “Harley Quinn “, which will premiere season 3 later this year. Phillips’ “Joker” films, however, occupy a separate storytelling universe from the rest of DC’s output, similar to how Robert Pattinson’s “The Batman” may exist alongside Michael Keaton’s version of the character, which will appear in “The Flash” in 2023.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the Gaga news.