Joker: Folie à Deux

upcoming film directed by Todd Phillips

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Joker: Folie à Deux
Directed byTodd Phillips
Written by
Based onCharacters
from DC
Produced by
CinematographyLawrence Sher
Music byHildur Guðnadóttir
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • October 4, 2024 (2024-10-04)
CountryUnited States

Joker: Folie à Deux[a] is an upcoming American musical film directed by Todd Phillips from a screenplay he co-wrote with Scott Silver. Produced by Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures, DC Studios, Bron Creative and Joint Effort, and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, the film is based on the Joker and other characters appearing in DC Comics publications, serving as the sequel to Joker (2019). The film's cast features Joaquin Phoenix and Zazie Beetz reprising their roles as Arthur Fleck / Joker and Sophie Dumond respectively from the first film, alongside newcomers Lady Gaga, Brendan Gleeson and Catherine Keener.

Joker: Folie à Deux is scheduled to be released theatrically on October 4, 2024.


  • Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck / Joker: A mentally ill, impoverished party clown and stand-up comedian disregarded by society, whose history of abuse causes him to become a nihilistic criminal with a clown motif.
  • Lady Gaga as Harley Quinn: A psychiatrist who falls in love with Arthur.[2][3][4]
  • Zazie Beetz as Sophie Dumond: A cynical single mother whom Arthur fantasized as his love interest, but in reality, they had only met once.[5]

Additionally, Brendan Gleeson, Catherine Keener, Jacob Lofland and Harry Lawtey have been cast in undisclosed roles.[6][7][8]



The 2019 film Joker was intended to be a standalone with no sequels,[9] although Warner Bros. intended for it to launch DC Black, a line of DC Comics-based films unrelated to the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) franchise with darker, more experimental material, similar to the DC Black Label comics publisher.[10][11][12] While director Todd Phillips said in August 2019 that he would be interested in making a sequel, depending on the film's performance and if Joaquin Phoenix is interested,[13] he later clarified that "the movie's not set up to [have] a sequel. We always pitched it as one movie, and that's it."[14] In October 2019, Phoenix spoke to Peter Travers of possibly reprising the role of Arthur, centering around Travers' asking of Phoenix if he considers Joker to be his "dream role." Phoenix stated, "I can't stop thinking about it ... if there's something else we can do with Joker that might be interesting,"[15] and concluded, "It's nothing that I really wanted to do prior to working on this movie. I don't know that there is [more to do] ... Because it seemed endless, the possibilities of where we can go with the character."[16] He was paid $20 million for his involvement.[17]

In November 2019, The Hollywood Reporter announced that a sequel was in development, with Phillips, Silver, and Phoenix expected to reprise their duties.[18] However, Deadline Hollywood reported the same day that The Hollywood Reporter's story was false and that negotiations had not even begun yet.[19] Phillips responded to the reports by saying that he had discussed a sequel with Warner Bros. and it remained a possibility, but it was not in development.[20] Phillips also confirmed that the 2022 film The Batman would not be set in the same continuity as Joker.[21] During an interview with Variety at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Phillips expressed interest in a spin-off focusing on Batman, saying, "It's a beautiful Gotham. What I would like to see someone tackle is what Batman looks like from that Gotham. I'm not saying I'm going to do that. What was interesting to me about the inclusion of Batman in our movie was, 'What kind of Batman does that Gotham make?' That's all I meant by that."[21]

In June 2022, Phillips announced that the sequel was in development, with a script by him and Silver. The film was also revealed to be titled Joker: Folie à Deux.[22][23] Later that month it was announced Lady Gaga was in talks to portray Harley Quinn and that the film would be a musical.[24] Shortly afterward, Gaga confirmed that she would star in the film.[25] In August, it was reported Zazie Beetz was in negotiations to reprise her role as Sophie Dumond in the film.[26] Beetz was confirmed to reprise her role in September, alongside Brendan Gleeson, Catherine Keener and Jacob Lofland.[5][6][7] Gleeson joined the project out of his admiration for both Phoenix's "indelible" performance in the first film and Gaga, though he admitted to being "kinda intimidated" as to what he had to do for his role.[27] In October, Harry Lawtey was reported by Deadline Hollywood to have been cast in the film in what was reported as a "big role".[8]


Principal photography began on December 10, 2022, with Phillips releasing a first look on his Instagram account.[28]


Hildur Guðnadóttir will score the sequel, returning from the first film.[29]


Joker: Folie à Deux is scheduled to be released theatrically in the United States on October 4, 2024, by Warner Bros Pictures.[23]


  1. ^ Folie à Deux is a French term meaning "Madness for Two".[1]


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  2. ^ Kroll, Justin (September 1, 2022). "'Joker: Folie à Deux' Adds Brendan Gleeson To Ensemble".
  3. ^ "'Joker 2' Might Be a Musical From Harley Quinn's Perspective". PAPER. September 26, 2022. Retrieved October 25, 2022.
  4. ^ Sharf, Zack (October 7, 2022). "Margot Robbie Gives Lady Gaga Her Blessing for Harley Quinn Role in 'Joker 2': 'She'll Do Something Incredible With It'". Variety. Retrieved October 25, 2022.
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