Joker: Folie à Deux star Brendon Gleeson has revealed why he eagerly joined the cast of the upcoming DC film.

In an interview with Collider, Gleeson explained that “[it] wasn’t the material” but “the achievement of the first film” that first got him excited about joining the Warner Bros. sequel. “I worked with Joaquin before on The Village… And so I knew him from then,” the actor explained. “And that performance, I’m still in awe of it. That performance as Joker, in that first movie. It was one of the most extraordinary achievements I’ve ever had. And for Todd to have – Worked the movie around to allow for that, I didn’t have to be asked twice. I really didn’t.”

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Gleeson is best known for starring in the Harry Potter film series, another successful Warner Bros. franchise, appearing in three of the eight films as Mad-Eye Moody. He is one of several new additions to the cast of the Joker sequel, which will once again star Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck/Joker. Catherine Keener (Percy Jackson), Jacob Lofland (The Maze Runner), Lady Gaga (House of Gucci) and Zazie Beetz (Deadpool 2) are also set to star in Folie à Deux, which will reportedly be a musical largely set in the psychiatric hospital Arkham Asylum.

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Lady Gaga has been cast as Harley Quinn in Folie à Deux, stepping into a role that was previously played only by Margot Robbie in DC’s live-action films. Robbie, who has played Harley Quinn in three DC Extended Universe films, recently revealed that she is excited to see what Lady Gaga brings to the role, reiterating that it was always her intention for the character to get passed “from great actor to great actor.” She added, “I think she’ll do something incredible with it.” James Gunn, who directed Robbie’s Harley Quinn in 2021’s The Suicide Squad, has also weighed in on Gaga’s casting, explaining that “[he] met Lady Gaga once and she was really nice” and that he is “always rooting for nice people to do well.”

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Joker was a massive success back in 2019, becoming the first-ever R-rated film to earn over $1 billion at the global box office. The film also netted Phoenix an Academy Award for Best Actor, making him the second actor after Heath Ledger to win an Oscar for playing the Joker. Phoenix will reportedly earn $20 million to reprise his role in the sequel, which is expected to begin production this December.

Joker: Folie à Deux opens in theaters on Oct. 4, 2024.

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