Paul sorvino, an imposing actor whose roles ranged from the mob boss in "Goodfellas" to an early stint on the long-running cop drama "Law & Order,"

Joaquin Phoenix's second Joker movie will come out in October 2024, and Lady Gaga will be in it.

Todd Phillips will write and direct Joker: Folie à Deux. The follow-up to Joker, which won an Oscar in 2019, is set to come out on October 4, 2024.

On Thursday, Deadline broke the news, and in an Instagram post, director Todd Phillips confirmed the date.

Joaquin Phoenix, who played the role in the first movie and won an Oscar for Best Actor, is coming back, and Lady Gaga will also be in the cast.  

The Instagram post doesn't say who Gaga might play, but Harley Quinn, who has been with the Joker for a long time,

is one possible role (previously played by Margot Robbie in the DCEU). But there are rumours that the movie will have more musical parts,

which would make Gaga a good choice. Phillips had said on Instagram before that the sequel would start filming in June and be called "Joker: Folie à Deux," which means "madness for two."

The Joker was meant to be a stand-alone movie, but its success at the box office and at the Oscars (where it got 11 nominations,

including for Best Picture) made it clear that it needed a sequel. That's especially true given how badly DC Comics movies made by Warner Bros.

have done at the box office. Most people thought that this year's Batman was a success,

and a sequel was quickly greenlit. However, Ezra Miller's solo outing as The Flash has been full of problems, and last year's The Suicide Squad was a box office flop.

Deadline says that work on the second Joker movie will start in December.

The movie's release date and Lady Gaga's role have both been confirmed as of August 4, 12:29 p.m. ET.

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