Lady Gaga Reveals Insights on Her Role in the Upcoming ‘The Joker: Folie à Deux’: “My Version of Harley Is Mine”

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“Joker” (2019) was originally intended to be a standalone film without sequels. However, Warner Bros. envisioned it as the beginning of DC Black, a series of darker, more experimental films separate from the DC Extended Universe. Despite the original plan, director Todd Phillips expressed interest in a sequel.

By November 2019, development on the sequel was confirmed, and in 2023, James Gunn stated that “Joker: Folie à Deux” would not be part of the mainline DCU. Instead, it will be released under the “Elseworlds” label, in line with Matt Reeves’ “The Batman” franchise.

Shortly after the sequel was announced, it was revealed that Lady Gaga would portray Harley Quinn alongside Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker. Todd Phillips explained that he cast Lady Gaga because he had witnessed her mesmerizing performance in “A Star is Born,” where he served as a producer.

Lady Gaga has now shared insights about her role, stating that her interpretation of Harley Quinn will be entirely unique and authentic to her.

My version of Harley is mine and it’s very authentic to this movie and these characters. What I will say is that I’ve never done anything like I’ve done in this movie before.

While many fans are excited about Lady Gaga taking on the role of Harley Quinn, some remain skeptical about her performance and the movie’s musical direction.

“Folie à Deux” is described as a drama set in and around Arkham Asylum, although specific plot details have not been officially confirmed. The cast includes Joaquin Phoenix, Lady Gaga, Zazie Beetz, Catherine Keener, and Brendan Gleeson. The screenplay was co-written by Todd Phillips and Scott Silver. “Joker: Folie à Deux” is set to be released in the United States on October 4, 2024, by Warner Bros. Pictures.

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