Thanks to Lady Gaga, ‘Joker’ Just Went From Toxic to Terrific
Good news, girls! Lady Gaga is reportedly in talks to play Harley Quinn in Todd Phillips’ sequel to Joker, the nearly unwatchable Taxi Driver attempt beloved by angry men everywhere.
Titled Joker: Folie à deux, the follow-up is apparently a musical, signaling the biggest glow up in all of film franchise history. Song and dance numbers starring Lady Gaga dressed as a sexy clown? I’m in! Consider this the YASSification of Phillips’ filmography.
The prospect of the pop star singlehandedly saving Joker from the depths of bro-worship has my brain buzzing. What accent will she choose for Quinn? What hijinks will she get up to on the film’s press tour? Will she snag that second Oscar?
Deciding to cast Lady Gaga and making Joker 2 a musical in the knowledge it’ll simultaneously win over some of your most cynical critics but make the thousands of dudes who were the biggest worshippers of your first movie furious is such a wild manoeuvre it’s kinda brilliant
Selecting Lady Gaga — a celebrity whose fan base skews young, female, and gay — to star in the movie is a bold move, one that’s bound to (further) enrage a good portion of diehard Joker fans. And while the choice seems like a sharp pivot for Phillips, known for his work on The Hangover and Borat, don’t forget: he was also a producer on A Star Is Born, the 2018 blockbuster starring Gaga and Bradley Cooper.
Still, any and all casting hasn’t been confirmed. Even Joaquin Phoenix — expected to reprise his role as the Joker — has yet to officially sign on, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Personally, I’m betting big on Lady Gaga as Harley Quinn. Mother Monster converting Joker critics into Joker apologists? That’s called a revelation.