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We’re one step closer to the Joker sequel we’ve been craving. The highly-anticipated sequel Joker: Folie à Deux has wrapped filming as of April 2023. Joaquin Phoenix and Lady Gaga are going to knock our socks off as Joker and Harley Quinn.

Joker: Folie à Deux is the upcoming sequel to 2019’s Joker, which starred the Academy Award winner but did not feature The Crime Queen of Gotham City, Harley Quinn. The Grammy winner was reported to be in “early talks” to play the role in summer 2022 and confirmed the news when she tweeted a teaser video.

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Lady Gaga filming scenes as Harley Quinn. (MEGA)

Fans have been waiting on this sequel since the first film’s release. With Joaquin and Gaga playing the iconic evil duo, you know this is going to be a box-office juggernaut. Hollywood Life is breaking down all you need to know: the release date, the cast, the plot, and more.

How Far Into Prodcution Is Joker: Folie à Deux?

Joker: Folie à Deux wrapped filming on April 5, 2023. Todd and Gaga shared new photos of Harley and Joker to celebrate. “That’s a wrap. Thanks to these two (+ the entire cast) and the BEST crew that the film industry has to offer. From top to bottom. Gonna crawl into a cave now (edit room) and put it all together,” Todd wrote on Instagram. Gaga posted the same photo of Harley and captioned it, “That’s a wrap X, Harleen.”

Fans were gifted their first look at Harley Quinn and the Joker in the upcoming Joker sequel on Valentine’s Day 2023 when the movie’s director, Todd Phillips shared an image to his Instagram of Harley cradling Joker’s face just inches from her own. The pair appeared to just get done locking lips, as Joker’s red lipstick was smeared on Harley’s lips. The photo, which can be seen here, was also shared by Gaga. She captioned it with the film’s title.

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Lady Gaga and Joaquin Phoenix filming the ‘Joker’ sequel. (Jose Perez / SplashNews)

Over the course of filming, Gaga and Joaquin were spotted filming all over New York. They were notably seen filming on the iconic Joker stairs, which are located in The Bronx.

Todd revealed Joker: Folie à Deux began filming on December 10, 2022. He took to Instagram to share the news with a photo of Joaquin getting his face shaved. “Day 1. Our boy. #joker,” he wrote.

Joker: Folie à Deux Release Date

Joker: Folie à Deux is set to be released on October 4, 2024. Joker was originally intended to be a standalone film, but the movie’s success led to a sequel getting the green light. In the months after Joker’s release, reports about a sequel being developed went around. In June 2022, Todd confirmed Joker 2 by posting photos on Instagram of the official script and Joaquin reading it.

Who Is In The Cast Of Joker: Folie à Deux?

We have Arthur Fleck, a.k.a. the Joker and Harley Quinn accounted for, but who else is expected to be in the highly-anticipated film? Zazie Beetz is returning as Sophie Dumond, the single mother who resides in the same apartment building as Arthur. The Joker created a fantastical relationship with her in the 2019 film, which abruptly ended when she found him in her apartment.

Zazie, Gaga, and Joaquin’s parts are the only ones named on the film’s IMDb page, although other names are listed. Brendan Gleeson, Catherine Keener, Harry Lawtey, and Jacob Lofland are also listed higher up in the movie’s roster of actors, but their parts are not revealed. Harry, known for the HBO series Industry, has a “big” role in the film, according to Deadline.

As previously mentioned, Todd is returning to direct the sequel. Impressively, he co-wrote the with Scott Silver and is producing with Bradley Cooper.

What Is the Plot Of Joker: Folie à Deux?

Along with the casting, the plot of Joker: Folie à Deux has been kept under wraps. However, fans know it is a musical. “It’s an interesting decision. And I think it’s really exciting to see how it unfolds. And I think it’s somehow logical at the same time. It’s both logical and also very surprising,” composer Hildur Guðnadóttir told Variety in January 2023. “For me as well as the audience. So far it’s just been a really beautiful conversation and I’m really excited to see how it unfolds.”

According to Variety, the film was given the R-rated label because it contains “strong violence” and “brief full nudity.”

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Joaquin Phoenix returns as Arthur Fleck/Joker. (Jason Howard/ /MEGA)

We’re in for a real treat with Joker and Harley Quinn. Watching their partnership unfold is going to be a wild ride. “Folie à Deux” in French means “delusion or mental illness shared by two people in close association,” according to Oxford Languages.

How Does Joker: Folie à Deux Work With Margot Robbie’s Movies?

As fans know, Barbie star Margot Robbie played Harley Quinn in 2020’s Birds of Prey and 2021’s Suicide Squad, which may confuse fans about how both versions of the chaotic but fan-favorite villain can exist. Gaga’s Harley “exists in a different DC universe than Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. Case solved!

Margot previously raved about the “Just Dance” hitmaker taking on the role. “It’s such an honor to have built a foundation strong enough that Harley can now be one of those characters who other actors get to have a go at playing,” she said during an October 2022 interview with MTV, per PEOPLE. “And I think she’ll do something incredible with it.”

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