Director Todd Phillips has teased fans with yet another still from his highly-anticipated comic book film, Joker: Folie à Deux.
Joaquin Phoenix Returns in Joker Sequel
The filmmaker, 52, uploaded a photo of actor Joaquin Phoenix, fully in character as the villainous title character, to his Instagram account last week Tuesday.
Eyes closed, Phoenix basked in a downpour of rain as passerby carrying brightly-colored umbrellas strolled beside him.
Phoenix, 48, appeared blissful as he tilted his head skyward, seemingly unaware of the others around him.
The photo was shared not just to promote the upcoming sequel, but in honor of the original film’s four year anniversary.
The Oscar winning film Joker was released theatrically on October 4, 2019.
‘Oct. 4. Thanks for all the messages. Four years ago we had quite a ride. Lots of great memories. More to come,’ Phillips captioned the post.
Will Joker 2 be a sequel?
The upcoming sequel is scheduled to be released exactly five years after its predecessor hit theatres – on October 4, 2024.
Phoenix will be returning as the titular villain, while Lady Gaga has joined the cast as the crazed Harley Quinn.
Gaga reportedly employed a rather interesting technique on the set of the film as she threw herself into character as the villainess.
Cinematographer Larry Sher revealed on The Trenches TV podcast that, on the set, Gaga wanted to be called, ‘Lee.’
Sher also served as the cinematographer on the 2019 Joker movie that landed Phoenix his Best Actor Oscar, confirming that he was, ‘100% in character all the time.’
He added that on the second day of filming, Phoenix approached him and apologized, ‘for being whatever like weird, I just need to stay (in character).’
Sher said that he told him not to worry about it at all and, ‘just do your thing,’ but with Stefani, he had never met her before the project and it was quite different.
‘I feel like I never really even met her, even during the makeup hair test,’ Sher began on the podcast.
‘Because, again, maybe it’s my philosophy of never trying to get in their space,’ Sher clarified.
‘And then I remember for like a week being like, “God I feel like we were disconnecting, not even connecting. We’re like on opposites,”‘ Sher said.
‘And I would say to my crew like, “Jesus I can’t crack it. I feel like she either hates me or we hate each other or there’s something weird going on here,”‘ Sher admitted.
The cinematographer added he would barely say anything to her except for, ‘minor little things,’ when he was clued in that she wanted to be called a different name.