Over a year after rumours began swirling that Todd Phillips’s Joker would receive a sequel, filming on Joker: Folie à Deux is finally underway.

The latest production photos (below) from the set show Lady Gaga and Joaquin Phoenix dancing on the Bronx staircase made famous in the first Joker movie.

Fans of the 2019 film will remember Phoenix dancing wildly to Gary Glitter’s Rock and Roll Part 2 while on a staircase near Shakespeare Avenue in New York.

Joker: Folie à Deux appears to be reimagining the staircase scene, with Phoenix now accompanied by Gaga’s Harley Quinn.

Joaquin Phoenix and Lady Gaga filming for Joker: Folie à Deux in New York City. Gotham/ Getty Images

Gaga's record-breaking musician’s singing skills could come in handy, as it’s being reported that the sequel will be a musical.

In August 2022, Warner Bros confirmed the film's title, release date and Gaga's casting.

The sequel's title is taken from the French idiom meaning 'madness of two' and refers to a delusional disorder shared by two people in close association. Much like the Joker and Harley Quinn, then.

The first movie, which told the backstory of Gotham’s most infamous villain, bagged 12 Oscar nominations and won Phoenix Best Actor.

The dark thriller was initially meant as a one-off - but after a billion dollars at the box office and an Oscar win for star Joaquin Phoenix, it's hardly surprising that a sequel is on the way.

Scott Silver, who co-wrote Joker with Phillips, is returning for the sequel, though plot details are still under wraps.

The supporting cast includes Brendan Gleeson, Catherine Keener, Jacob Lofland, Harry Lawtey and Zazie Beetz.

So get ready for more haunting dance scenes – here's everything we know about Joker: Folie à Deux.

Joker 2 release date

Joker: Folie à Deux will be released on 4th October 2024.So we will have quite the wait for the new film to be released, but it is sure to be a treat.

This means the sequel will be out five years on from the original Joker film release.

Who is in the cast of Joker 2?

Joker - Joaquin Phoenix
Where next for Joaquin Phoenix's Clown Prince of Crime? Warner Bros.

The cast members confirmed for Joker: Folie à Deux are the following.

  • Joaquin Phoenix as Joker/Arthur Fleck
  • Lady Gaga as Harley Quinn/Harleen Quinzel
  • Zazie Beetz as Sophie

Phoenix will be returning once again for his role as the Joker/Arthur Fleck.

The actor played the critically acclaimed role in 2019, bagging the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of the troubled DC villain.

Aside from Phoenix, only one other cast member has been confirmed for the film.

Lady Gaga at the BBC
BBC/Guy Levy

Lady Gaga has been cast as Joker's legendary love interest Harley Quinn in the second Joker movie, which was first reported by to The Hollywood Reporter, who also noted that it will be a musical.

Gaga’s casting leaves the possibility open that director Todd Phillips will reinvent Harley’s character, rather than adhering to the source material from the DC comics or following version of the role played by Margot Robbie in the Suicide Squad films and Birds of Prey.

In addition, actress Zazie Beetz is also making a comeback as Sophie Dumond.

Meanwhile, joining the cast for Joker 2 is also Industry's Harry Lawtey, Catherine Keener (Get Out), Jacob Lofland (Maze Runner) and Brendan Gleeson (The Banshees of Inisherin), who will all star in mysterious undisclosed roles.

It is highly unlikely Robert De Niro and Frances Conroy will return as Murray and Penny as they were killed by Arthur in the first film.

Willem Dafoe keen to star in Joker sequel

Willem Dafoe attends Sony Pictures "Spider-Man: No Way Home" Los Angeles Premiere held at The Regency Village Theatre on December 13, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
Willem Dafoe attends Sony Pictures' "Spider-Man: No Way Home" Los Angeles Premiere held at The Regency Village Theatre on December 13, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images

Spider-Man: No Way Home star Willem Dafoe has expressed interest in appearing in a sequel to Joker as an imposter pretending to be the Clown Prince of Crime.

He told GQ: "There is something interesting about, like, if there was a Joker imposter. So it would be possible to have not duelling Jokers but someone that [claims] to be the Joker that isn't the Joker.

"And that kind of opens up the possibility of an interesting story, particularly if you had Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker, and then you had someone who was either imitating or riffing off what he did. I fantasised about that. But other than that I am not talking to anybody [about it], you're the first one."

You know, I'm something of a Joker myself.

What could happen in Joker 2?

Warning: There are spoilers for Joker ahead.

At the end of Joker, Arthur Fleck had become his full Batman villain self after tearing through Gotham City following his disastrous appearance on Murray Franklin's talk show.

The film ended with Arthur in Arkham State Hospital, skipping away from his psychotherapy session leaving bloody footprints behind.

We do know that the Clown Prince of Crime would go on to become arguably Batman's biggest nemesis, so there's certainly scope for more of Arthur's character and villainous actions to be explored.

Joaquin Phoenix in Joker 2.
Joaquin Phoenix will be back as Joker Warner Bros / DC Studios

Bruce Wayne only appeared as a child in Joker, which appeared to be a deliberate move to keep the focus firmly on Arthur. Surely a sequel would have to bring in an antagonist for Fleck?

Well, the reported musical aspect, title and addition of Harley Quinn suggest we could be set for one twisted romance in Arkham Asylum.

In DC Comics, Harley Quinn is first the Joker's psychiatrist, Dr Harleen Quinzel, when she falls in love with him.

Is there a trailer for the Joker sequel?

There is no trailer with footage for Joker 2 yet but we do have the video teaser which confirmed the casting of Lady Gaga and the release date of the film.

Watch the clip above.

We will be sure to add further videos as they are released.

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