It’s official folks. Lady Gaga will play Harley Quinn in Todd Philips’ Joker sequel, which also, by the way, is a musical.
Lady Gaga shared the news on her Instagram page via a not-eerie-at-all video confirming her involvement in the second Joker film, Joker: Folie à Deux:
Lady Gaga is far from the first actor to take on the role of Harley. Margot Robbie has recently played the role in two Suicide Squad films as well as in Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn, while Kaley Cuoco has voiced the animated version.
The vibe of Joker is much grittier and down-to-earth than Robbie’s Harley in the DCEU. Lady Gaga, who worked with Philips on 2018’s A Star is Born, has the acting chops to play a grittier Harley, if that’s the kind of Harley that Philips wants to unleash on the world. She can also, of course, sing, which will be handy since this sequel will have more than a couple of musical numbers.
We’re still in the dark about the plot of the film, though the title and the focus on the casting clearly suggest it will center around the no-doubt dysfunctional relationship between Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker and Gaga’s Harley. I just hope they also do a fun song and dance number together.
Joker: Folie à Deux is set to premiere in theaters on October 4, 2024.