Joker: Folie à Deux has added Oscar-nominated actress Catherine Keener to the growing cast. Keener will join leading stars Joaquin Phoenix and Lady Gaga in the sequel directed by Todd Phillips.
Although there were rumors that a sequel to “Joker” has been in development for some time, the official announcement was made by Phillips only in June 2022. Deadline broke the news that Keener had joined the cast of “Joker 2,” but as with previous casting announcements for the sequel, details are scarce.
Keener will join Joker 2 in what the publication describes as a “starring role” alongside Phoenix and Gaga. However, the exact identity of Keener’s character is unknown, and reportedly Warner Bros. does not comment on the casting decision. The news that Keener has joined the cast comes less than a week after it was announced that Brendan Gleeson would be joining Joker 2, although his role also remains a mystery. In fact, even the role of Gaga is unknown, although fans believe that she could play a new version of Harley Quinn, the Joker’s love interest and literal accomplice to a crime in the District of Columbia.
In addition to returning as a director, Phillips will also be writing the script for “Joker 2” with Scott Silver, with whom he wrote the script for the first film. Plot details are as sparse as the actors, but insiders suggest that the story will take place in Arkham Asylum and that the film will also include musical elements. It is expected that the production of the sequel, in which Zazi Bitz will again play the role of Sophie Dumond from the first Joker movie, will begin in December 2022.
The reaction to the first Joker movie was widespread, with many praising it as a more serious approach to comic book films. These fans often point to the Joker’s box office of more than $1 billion and the Oscar-winning performance of Phoenix as the Clown Prince of the underworld as proof of the film’s quality.
However, others believe that “The Joker” is a pale imitation of similar but excellent films, including Martin Scorsese’s “Taxi Driver” and “The King of Comedy.” It remains to be seen whether these detractors will be persuaded to see The Joker 2, but perhaps the addition of talents like Keener, Gleeson and Gaga will be enough to tempt cautious DC fans.
“The Joker: Folie à Deux” will be released in theaters on October 4, 2024.