‘Joker: Folie à Deux’ is Oddly Featuring Nostalgic Songs in Joaquin Phoenix Sequel

Joker: Folie a Deux US poster, from left: Joaquin Phoenix as Joker, Lady Gaga as Harley Quinn, 2024
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Joaquin Phoenix is returning as the Joker with Lady Gaga playing Harley Quinn in a sequel, that is also, oddly enough, a musical. It is currently unknown if any original songs will be featured in Joker: Folie à Deux, however, one of the songs in the film has been announced. Reportedly, the film is considered a “jukebox musical” set in and around Arkham Asylum. A “jukebox musical” is a musical/film that features popular songs and another example is Mamma Mia!

Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker, 2019

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The song “That’s Entertainment” from the 1953 musical The Band Wagon, also famously sung by Judy Garland, and at least 15 other well-known songs will be performed. Variety shared, “Details regarding who would pen the tracks or sing the numbers are unknown. We do know, according to sources, Hildur Guðnadóttir, the Oscar-winning composer of the first Joker film, is said to ‘infuse her distinctive, haunting [music] cues’ into each number.”

Phoenix previously received the Best Actor Award for his portrayal of Arthur Fleck, who turns into the Batman villain The Joker in the 2019 film. Not only has a song from the film come out, but a teaser poster, showing Joker and Harley Quinn dancing with the tagline “The World is a Stage.”

Lady Gaga and Joaquin Phoenix are seen filming on location for "Joker: Folie a Deux" on April 02, 2023 in New York City

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Besides Lady Gaga and Phoenix, the film will star Zazie Beetz, Catherine Keener, and Brendan Gleeson in unknown roles. It will premiere in theaters on October 4, 2024. It is among one of the most highly-anticipated films this year, with another being the Beetlejuice sequel which premieres in September. Are you excited about a sequel to Joker? How do you feel about it being a musical? We will keep you posted when more information comes out about the music and/or plot of the film!

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