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Todd Philips Shares First Look Image of Joaquin Phoenix in ‘Joker: Folie á Deux’

Filmmaker Todd Phillips has announced production for Joker: Folie à Deux is underway by releasing a first-look image of the sequel. Taking to Instagram, he shared a photo of Joaquin Phoenix in character as Arthur Fleck with the caption: “Day 1. Our boy. #joker.” The post shows the lead protagonist enjoying a clean shave at the barber, proving that even insane anti-heroes enjoy a good grooming session.  Take a look at the creepy scene below.

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The film comes after Phillips Joker was met with almost universal praise, achieving commercial and critical success. The Warner Bros. sensation based on the DC villain grossed over USD$1 billion and also won two Oscars, including Phoenix-winning best performance by an actor in a leading role. The sequel is expected to include some additional star power, with Lady Gaga pegged to play Harley Quinn, while reports have suggested Zazie Beetz, Brendan Gleeson and Catherine Keener are also set to feature on screen.

While the plot has been kept under wraps, Phillips wrote the sequel with Joker co-writer Scott Silverman. The title of the sequel, Folie a deux, could be a big hint at to what the film will explore. Folie a deux is defined as an identical or similar mental disorder that affects two or more individuals. Something to note is that the people affected are usually related or part of the same family. This leaves a giant door for theories about the film’s plot open for fans to dive right into. Given that the plot of the first film toys with the idea of Joker being the son of Thomas Wayne, the sequel could explore this further. Batman himself might even make an appearance.

Perhaps most interestingly, sources at The Hollywood Reporter have suggested the second movie will be a musical, which explains bringing in the triple-threat talent of Lady Gaga. Joker: Folie à Deux is set to be released in theatres on October 4, 2024.

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