As of Saturday afternoon, “Joker: Folie à Deux” appears to be on track as director Todd Phillips posted a teaser image announcing “day one” of production.
“Day 1. Our boy. #joker,” Phillips wrote in a simple caption.
The movie’s creator posted a picture of Arthur Fleck, played by Joaquin Phoenix. The murderous Arkham Asylum inmate is lying motionless as an apparent orderly at the facility gives him a shave. Phoenix appears to have regained the wiry build he developed for his role as Fleck in the first 2019 movie.
The “Joker” sequel will take up with Phoenix’s murderous clown after he’s been confined to Arkham Asylum, however story details are being kept under wraps. Lady Gaga, who has been cast in a character that is reportedly an interpretation of the DC Comics villain Harley Quinn, will appear alongside Phoenix, who won the Academy Award for best actor for his performance in the R-rated original. In the production, Brendan Gleeson has also been hired.
After directing the first movie, Phillips is back to helm “Joker: Folie à Deux.” Under Phillips’ direction, the dark comic book adaptation earned a record-breaking 11 Academy Award nominations, won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, and became a huge box office hit with worldwide ticket sales exceeding $1 billion. The follow-up has been compared to a musical.
On October 9, 2024, precisely five years after the release of the first movie, “Joker: Folie à Deux” will be released.