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Lady Gaga signs on to play Harley Quinn in Joker MUSICAL sequel

Lady Gaga signs on to play Harley Quinn in Joker MUSICAL sequel alongside Joaquin Phoenix for Warner Bros. and director Todd Phillips

Just days after writer-director Todd Phillips shared the title of his Joker sequel – Joker: Folie a Deux – Lady Gaga has joined the cast as the iconic Harley Quinn.

Gaga, 36, is reportedly in early talks to play the DC Comics character, according to a new report from The Hollywood Reporter, which also reveals the project is being developed as a musical.

Margot Robbie has played Harley Quinn in 2016’s Suicide Squad, 2020’s Birds of Prey and 2021’s The Suicide Squad, though this version of Harley Quinn in Joker: Folie a Deux is said to exist in a different DC universe than Robbie’s Harley Quinn. 

Cast: Just days after writer-director Todd Phillips shared the title of his Joker sequel – Joker: Folie a Deux – Lady Gaga has joined the cast as the iconic Harley Quinn

Musical: Gaga, 36, is reportedly in early talks to play the DC Comics character, according to a new report from The Hollywood Reporter , which also reveals the project is being developed as a musical

Musical: Gaga, 36, is reportedly in early talks to play the DC Comics character, according to a new report from The Hollywood Reporter , which also reveals the project is being developed as a musical

Different universe: Margot Robbie has played Harley Quinn in 2016's Suicide Squad, 2020's Birds of Prey and 2021's The Suicide Squad, though this version of Harley Quinn in Joker: Folie a Deux is said to exist in a different DC universe than Robbie's Harley Quinn

Different universe: Margot Robbie has played Harley Quinn in 2016’s Suicide Squad, 2020’s Birds of Prey and 2021’s The Suicide Squad, though this version of Harley Quinn in Joker: Folie a Deux is said to exist in a different DC universe than Robbie’s Harley Quinn

While the original 2019 Joker was never intended to have a sequel, its critical and commercial success lead director Todd Phillips said in August 2019 that he might be interested in making a sequel, if Phoenix were interested in returning.

Phillips signed on to direct and co-write the script with his original Joker writing partner Scott Silver in May 2021.

Last week, Phillips shared a photo of the Joker: Folie a Deux script cover, revealing that script draft was completed on May 18.

Sequel: While the original 2019 Joker was never intended to have a sequel, its critical and commercial success lead director Todd Phillips said in August 2019 that he might be interested in making a sequel, if Phoenix were interested in returning

Sequel: While the original 2019 Joker was never intended to have a sequel, its critical and commercial success lead director Todd Phillips said in August 2019 that he might be interested in making a sequel, if Phoenix were interested in returning

He also shared another photo of Phoenix reading the script while smoking a cigarette, though THR clarified Warner Bros. has not yet finalized a deal with Phoenix, though they are both ‘deep’ in negotiations.

The title Folie a Deux is a medical term that is, ‘an identical or similar mental disorder affecting two or more individuals, usually the members of a close family.’

The 2019 R-rated Joker movie was a surprise smash hit at the box office, which earned $335.4 million domestic and $1.074 billion worldwide from a meager $55 million budget.

Surprise: The 2019 R-rated Joker movie was a surprise smash hit at the box office, which earned $335.4 million domestic and $1.074 billion worldwide from a meager $55 million budget

Surprise: The 2019 R-rated Joker movie was a surprise smash hit at the box office, which earned $335.4 million domestic and $1.074 billion worldwide from a meager $55 million budget

The Harley Quinn character was by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm in 1992 for Batman: The Animated Series.

While she was only intended to appear in one episode as comedic relief, she became a recurring character and ultimately the Joker’s sidekick and love interest.

She was introduced into the DC Comics universe in 1999 as the Joker’s love and partner in crime, and also a good friend of supervillain Poison Ivy. 

Animated: The Harley Quinn character was by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm in 1992 for Batman: The Animated Series

Animated: The Harley Quinn character was by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm in 1992 for Batman: The Animated Series

While this will be the first time Gaga has been directed by Phillips, the filmmaker did serve as a producer on her debut 2018 film A Star Is Born.

The singer/actress (born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta) followed up her Oscar-nominated performance by playing Patrizia Reggiani in last year’s House of Gucci.

She also recently wrote the song Hold My Hand for the current box office hit Top Gun: Maverick. 

Reunited: While this will be the first time Gaga has been directed by Phillips, the filmmaker did serve as a producer on her debut 2018 film A Star Is Born

Reunited: While this will be the first time Gaga has been directed by Phillips, the filmmaker did serve as a producer on her debut 2018 film A Star Is Born

New role: The singer/actress (born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta) followed up her Oscar-nominated performance by playing Patrizia Reggiani in last year's House of Gucci

New role: The singer/actress (born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta) followed up her Oscar-nominated performance by playing Patrizia Reggiani in last year’s House of Gucci

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