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When is the Joker 2 sequel coming and will it be a musical as trailer is out?

Fans are getting a first glimpse of the follow-up to Joker, which stars Academy Award winners Joaquin Phoenix and Lady Gaga, in a trailer called Joker 2: Folie à Deux.

Lady Gaga plays the psychiatrist Dr Harleen Quinzel in the sequel, which stars Phoenix as Arthur Fleck, the main character who turns from an aspiring stand-up comedian to a villain.

Joker: Folie à Deux, the sequel, is still in post-production and is anticipated to be just as shocking and popular as its predecessor.

Here is all we know so far about Joker 2.

What is the premise and plot of Joker 2?

Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad (Warner Bros)

Joker was not intended to have a follow-up. The dark thriller showed Arthur Fleck, an aspiring comedian and clown with a mental illness, becoming increasingly unhinged after he loses access to his medication and his life falls apart. He turns to crime and learns to enjoy his new status within a criminal underworld.

After the first film’s success, Phillips set about work on a second act, having been given the green light from production company Warner Brothers. It is to be part of the comic book series DC Black – a darker sequence that does not run in the same universe as the 2022 film The Batman, where the Joker had a bit part at the end.

Folie à Deux refers to a delusion or mental illness shared by two people in close association and could refer to new character Harley Quinn, a psychiatrist who falls in love with Arthur.

However, the film is expected to take a different direction, with Phillips confirming that music is “an essential element”, although the film is not a musical.

The teaser revealed more about the film's appearance and gave viewers their first real glimpse of Joaquin Phoenix's Joker and Lady Gaga's Harley Quinn together, even though several plot points are still amusingly unclear.

According to the teaser for The Joker: Folie à Deux, a significant chunk of the follow-up movie will take place in Arkham, continuing from the conclusion of the first one.

While in incarceration, the trailer depicts Arthur Fleck encountering Gaga's Harley Quinn. However, it noticeably changes this portion of their comic origin tale by having Quinn as a patient in the facility rather than the Joker's therapist, as is customary in their backstory.

But the trailer also seems to imply that the two manage to get away, since the scene where Fleck is being pursued by two more guys dressed like the Joker takes place in Gotham City.

Having said that, it also seems that the musical portions of the movie would depict a disconnection from reality, thus anything can really happen in Joker 2's actual plot.

Who will be starring in Joker 2 and who will direct it?

Lady Gaga will be Harley Quinn in Joker: Folie à deux (Ian West / PA Archive)

Phoenix, 48, will be back as Joker, having agreed to a reported $20m (£16.6m). Of the chance to work on a sequel, the Walk the Line and Inherent Vice actor said: “I can’t stop thinking about it... if there’s something else we can do with Joker, that might be interesting.”

Harley Quinn will be played by 38-year-old Lady Gaga – the singer most recently seen on the big screen for her turn in The House of Gucci. In a different universe, Margot Robbie, 32, played the role in 2016 Batman spin-off Suicide Squad and the 2020 sequel Birds of Prey, as well as 2021 offering The Suicide Squad.

Phillips will again direct, with Bradley Cooper signed on as a producer. Icelandic composer Hildur Guðnadóttir will provide the score.

Other actors to be attached include Zazie Beetz, reprising her role as Sophie Dumond, while Brendan Gleeson, Catherine Keener, Jacob Lofland, and English actor Harry Lawtey will also feature.

When will Joker 2 be released in cinemas and will it be streamed?

Folie à Deux will be in cinemas from October 4, 2024.

It has not been announced where it could be available to watch on demand.

Where can I watch Joker?

Joker can be watched on Netflix or rented on other platforms.

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