Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker 2 Is Now Filming, And We Have Our First Look At The Movie

Joaquin Phoenix made up as Joker
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DC Studios has seen a number of shake-ups as of late, with some movies like Wonder Woman 3 seemingly being removed from its schedule. However, other films established under the old regime are still moving forward, including Joker 2. The sequel to Joaquin Phoenix’s 2019 film has been in pre-production for months now, and it was unclear as to when filming would actually begin. Well, the shoot has commenced, as returning director Todd Phillips announced the news via social media. Not only that, but he also gave fans their first official look at the upcoming sequel.

Up to this point, the public has only gotten light teases of what’s to come in Joker: Folie à Deux and, even now, exact plot details have yet to be revealed. So those looking for a juicy morsel should be somewhat pumped by what Todd Phillips shared to his Instagram. The filmmaker commemorated the first day of shooting by sharing a photo that shows Joaquin Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck getting a shave. Take a look: 

Well, he’s certainly a sight for sore eyes. There’s, of course, no context provided for the moment, so fans are just going to have to speculate as to why the killer is getting cleaned up. Still, fans will likely be quite happy to know that cameras are officially rolling on the highly anticipated follow-up.

Todd Phillips confirmed Folie à Deux back in June via a post he shared to Instagram. Despite plot details being close to non-existent, it’s been confirmed that the film will be a musical and introduce Lady Gaga as Harley Quinn. The film’s subtitle, which translates to “folly of two” or “madness of two,” suggests that the two central characters are going to get into some serious (and potentially deadly) shenanigans. The movie’s DP, Lawrence Sher, also hyped up Gaga ahead of filming. He believes that the Grammy-winning pop star is a “really cool fit” for the role and sees the cast and crew finding “magic every day on set.”

The two stars will of course be joined by a number of other capable actors for this sequel. Zazie Beetz is set to reprise her role as Sophie Dumond, Arthur Fleck’s former neighbor (who he fantasized as his girlfriend). Harry Potter alum Brendan Gleeson joined in an undisclosed role as well. Get Out’s Catherine Keener also scored a part as did Maze Runner’s Jacob Lofland. Finally, the Joker sequel has also tapped Industry’s Harry Lawtey to play a mystery character.

Joker: Folie à Deux’s reported budget would suggest that the movie is going to be an incredibly ambitious venture. Todd Phillips certainly has his work cut out for him as he attempts to build upon his work in the original. That’s also true for the highly paid Joaquin Phoenix, who took home the Oscar for Best Actor in 2020 for his performance as Arthur. Time will tell what they end up doing but, in the meantime, I’d expect Phillips to drop occasional behind-the-scenes snapshots.

Joker: Folie à Deux is scheduled to open in theaters on October 4, 2024 and, while you wait, you can stream the first movie using an HBO Max subscription.

Erik Swann
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Erik Swann is a Senior Content Producer at CinemaBlend. He began working with the publication in 2020 when he was hired as Weekend Editor. Today, he continues to write, edit and handle social media responsibilities over the weekend. On weekdays, he also writes TV and movie-related news and helps out with editing and social media as needed. He graduated from the University of Maryland, where he received a degree in Broadcast Journalism. After shifting into multi-platform journalism, he started working as a freelance writer and editor before joining CB. Covers superheroes, sci-fi, comedy, and almost anything else in film and TV. He eats more pizza than the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.