First “Joker: Folie à Deux” Trailer Embraces the Madness

Joaquin Phoenix and Lady Gaga in
Joaquin Phoenix and Lady Gaga in "Joker: Folie à Deux"

Joker: Folie à Deux is one of the buzziest new films coming our way this year, and its first trailer is everything we’ve hoped for. Joaquin Phoenix and Lady Gaga are serving double trouble in the first promo clip for the Joker sequel, as its titular antihero and his partner in crime, Harley Quinn.

The first trailer doesn’t tell us too much about the film’s plot, but it does paint a picture of its tone. We catch up with Arthur Fleck aka Joker at the Arkham Asylum, but he’s no longer alone after finding a kindred soul in the fellow asylum inmate Harley Quinn.

The first trailer features musical elements, including a rendition of “What the World Needs Now (Is Love Sweet Love)”, which sees Joker and Harley Quinn dreaming about elegantly dancing to its beat by each other’s side. Variety previously reported this sequel would feature 15 haunting reinterpretations of beloved songs.

In addition to Joaquin Phoenix and Lady Gaga in the lead roles, the star-studded cast of this project will also include Zazie Beetz, Brendan Gleeson, Catherine Keener, Jacob Lofland, Steve Coogan, Ken Leung, and Harry Lawtey.

The first Joker: Folie à Deux trailer was shown to exhibitors at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, and it’s expected to hit the theaters on October 4.