Lady Gaga is finally entering the comic book space Joker: Folie a Deux — and it looks like we’re one step closer to seeing her perform in the movie. On Wednesday, Gaga took to Instagram to celebrate her latest Academy Award nomination, winning in the Best Original Song category for Top gun: Maverick“Hold my hand.” In the post, in which Gaga smiles next to a bouquet of flowers, she reveals she’s “filming right now.” While unconfirmed, it appears the set in question could be for the Joker sequel, after director Todd Phillips indicated via an Instagram comment late last year that Gaga wouldn’t be joining production until January.
“Thank you so much to the Academy for nominating my song “Hold My Hand” for an Oscar this year!” Gaga’s caption reads. “Writing this song for the movie Top Gun: Maverick was a deep and powerful experience that I will never forget. So grateful for the magic of music and film. Love you my co-writer @bloodpop. I am now filming, big love to little monsters! 🃏”
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Directed and co-written by Phillips, Joker: Folie a Deux will be a musical that follows the twisted romance between Joaquin Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck/Joker and Gaga’s Harley Quinn, with much of the film reportedly set in Arkham Asylum. The film also features appearances from Zazie Beetz, Brendon Gleeson, Catherine Keener, and Jacob Lofland.
“I actually think it makes a lot of sense,” Beetz said in an interview last year about the film being a musical. “I wasn’t really surprised by the fact that Todd has always had a creative approach to the character. I love musicals, and I think about it because the characters feel and experience so much that all they can do is sing and dance about it, or it now in sadness or joy. And I actually see that in myself, because singing and dancing is quite a cathartic experience for me. I was going through a very, very difficult time at one point in my life, and I was just starting to dance and cry on my own. And that was an expression that matched where I was at the time. And so I can see Arthur, who feels and experiences so much, dance and sing about it. He’s the Joker, so I think it makes sense for me.”
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Joker: Folie a Deux is currently scheduled to hit theaters on October 4, 2024.