Lady Gaga is in early talks to become the next Harley Quinn, starring opposite Joaquin Phoenix in the sequel to 2019’s Oscar-winning Joker.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, director Todd Phillips revealed on social media the title of the new project last week: Joker: Folie à deux. The title references a medical term for an identical or similar mental disorder that affects two or more individuals, usually members of the same family. Though the social media post showed Phoenix reading the script, Warner Bros. has yet to close a deal with the actor.
Details on Harley Quinn’s character are being kept under wraps, but Joker is known for his on and off abusive relationship with the Arkham Asylum psychiatrist. Harley falls in love with him and becomes his partner in crime. It is unclear whether Phillips will be using other DC characters or creating their own, as they did in many instances with their first movie. Phillips previously produced A Star Is Born, the 2018 remake that starred Joker producer Bradley Cooper and Gaga.
Per THR, sources also say the sequel will be a musical.
Joker ended its theatrical run as the fourth highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time, earned 11 Oscar nominations, including best picture, and won best actor (for Phoenix) and best score (for Hildur Guonadottir).