Lady Gaga could be prepping for her next Oscar nomination as action shots from “Joker: Folie à Deux,” rollout.
The actress and singer was spotted while filming for the “Joker” sequel in New York City Sunday in which she will star alongside Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker. Photos show Gaga surrounded by a squadron of police officers and protestors who held signs reading “Free Joker.”
Depicted in a red suit and gelled-back blonde hair, Gaga transforms into her character while yelling with her fist raised in the air on court steps.
While fans won’t be able to see “Just Dance” singer on the big screen until 2024, she’s teased her look for the “Joker” sequel on social media. On Valentine’s Day she, along with director Todd Phillips, released a first look of the highly-anticipated movie with a photo of Gaga’s character in an embrace with Phoenix’s Joker.
Gaga, 36, worked with Phillips on her starring role in “A Star Is Born,” which Phillips produced. Filming for the Warner Bros. “Joker” sequel has taken place in both New York and Los Angeles ahead of its release set for Oct 4, 2024.
It has not been confirmed what role the singer/actress will be taking on. But a teaser released last summer offered a clue that she may be starring as Batman villain Harley Quinn, a character most recently played in several DC movies by Margot Robbie.
Catherine Keener and Brendan Gleeson have also joined the “Joker” sequel, along with Zazie Beetz, who returns from the 2019 film.
Phillips’ original “Joker” followed Phoenix’s troubled aspiring comic Arthur Fleck on his downward spiral, transforming to the iconic DC villain.
“Joker” grossed over $1 billion in worldwide box office, becoming the highest-grossing R-rated film in history. The critically acclaimed film earned 11 Oscar nominations, winning two awards – Phoenix won as best actor and Hildur Guðnadóttir took best original score.
The sequel title, “Folie à Deux,” is a reference to a medical term for a mental illness shared by two people in close association.
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Contributing: Bryan Alexander