Joker Director Todd Phillips Marks 4 Years Since Movie’s Release, Teases ‘More to Come’ in Lady Gaga Sequel

Todd Phillips, Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck / Joker
Todd Phillips in Los Angeles on Jan. 4, 2020; Joaquin Phoenix in Joker (2023).Picture:

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Todd Phillips is celebrating 4 years because the premiere of Joker.

To mark the event on Wednesday, the 52-year-old director shared a photograph to Instagram of Joaquin Phoenix because the title character Arthur Fleck/Joker, staring up into the rain along with his eyes closed whereas surrounded by umbrellas in an array of colours.

“Oct. 4. Thanks for all of the messages. 4 years in the past we had fairly a experience. Numerous nice recollections. Extra to come back,” Phillips wrote within the caption.

The latter a part of his remark seemed to be a tease for his upcoming musical sequel Joker: Folie à Deux, which is able to see Phoenix, 48, reprise his sinister function, this time alongside Woman Gaga as Harley Quinn.

The movie is ready to be launched on Oct. 4, 2024 — which can also be, notably, Joker‘s five-year anniversary.

Following the success of Joker, which included setting worldwide box-office data and receiving two Oscar wins (together with the coveted Finest Actor prize for Phoenix), a follow-up movie was formally confirmed in June 2022.

That very same month, PEOPLE confirmed that Gaga, 37, was in talks to play Dr. Harleen “Harley Quinn” Quinzel. The primary outlet to share the information, The Hollywood Reporter mentioned that Gaga’s Harley would exist “in a special DC universe” than the one performed by Margot Robbie in Suicide Squad (2016), Birds of Prey (2020) and The Suicide Squad (2020).

Phillips additionally co-wrote the sequel’s script alongside Scott Silver, and produced with Bradley Cooper (who beforehand starred reverse Gaga in A Star Is Born).

Further forged members embrace Brendan Gleeson, Catherine Keener, Jacob Lofland and Harry Lawtey. Zazie Beetz may also reprise her function as Sophie Dumond from the primary movie.

Lady Gaga and Joaquin Phoenix in Joker 2 (Joker Folie a Deux)
Woman Gaga and Joaquin Phoenix in Joker: Folie à Deux (2024).Woman Gaga/Instagram

Phoenix was first noticed on the set of the brand new movie in Los Angeles again in March, whereas Gaga was snapped on set in New York Metropolis the next month, sporting a face of smeared clown make-up.

Additionally in April, each Gaga and Phillips confirmed that principal manufacturing had wrapped on Joker: Folie à Deux, sharing photographs of her and Phoenix on set to respective Instagram pages.

One picture confirmed Gaga staring into the digicam whereas carrying mild clown make-up, whereas one other featured Phoenix in full make-up and costume, tilting his head to the best in a seated place.

“That is a wrap. Thanks to those two (+ the whole forged) and the BEST crew that the movie trade has to supply. From prime to backside,” Phillips wrote in a caption to the 2 photographs. “Gonna crawl right into a cave now (edit room) and put all of it collectively.”

Gaga saved her message to followers eagerly anticipating the Joker sequel quick, merely writing, “That is a wrap ❤️‍🔥 🎬🃏 X, Harleen.”

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