Joaquin Phoenix will play the Joker again in a sequel to be directed by Todd Phillips, who confirmed the project on Tuesday by uploading a photo of the script to his Instagram profile.
In another snapshot shared by the filmmaker, Phoenix, who won an Oscar for giving life to the notorious villain, appears reading the same script, whose provisional title is Joker: Folie à Deux.
Such is the mystery surrounding this film that the Warner Bros. studio, responsible for the first film, limited itself to sharing the photographs on its Twitter profile, but avoided making any comment on the project or the possible release date.
Although neither the actor nor the director elaborated on the publication, the title of the script hints that the sequel will continue to explore the mental disorders of its protagonist.
Folie à Deux is a disorder in which two or more people share psychiatric symptoms, usually delusions, as defined in the International Classification of Diseases ICD-10.
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Some fans of the DC Comics franchise began to speculate that the new film may add the character of Harley Quinn, the Joker’s eternal companion in the comics, whom Margot Robbie has brought to life on the big screen.
The first Joker installment, released in 2019, was a resounding box-office success that grossed more than $1 billion worldwide and earned 12 Oscar nominations, something very unusual for a film based on a comic book.