• Cinematographer Lawrence Sher describes the upcoming Joker sequel as a “big swing” that will be “really surprising” to audiences, suggesting a departure from the original film.
  • Joker: Folie & Deux is nearing the end of production, with only post-production remaining before its release in October 2024.
  • The sequel is expected to continue subverting audience expectations, much like the original Joker film, and Lawrence Sher’s comments add to the excitement surrounding the project.



The production of Joker: Folie á Deux has been given a promising update from the sequel’s cinematographer. After the success of Todd Phillips’ Joker, which included a box office of over $1 billion and several notable accolades, a sequel was quickly put into development. Expected to release on October 4, 2024, and set outside the DC Universe, Joker: Folie á Deux marks the return of Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck, a failed clown whose descent into mental illness inspires a violent revolution in Gotham City. Lady Gaga will also debut as Harley Quinn, Joker’s partner-in-crime in DC Comics, hinting at 2024’s Joker: Folie á Deux exploring a very different genre.

During a recent interview with Definition Magazine, Joker: Folie á Deux cinematographer Lawrence Sher provided an update on the progress of the upcoming sequel. When Folie á Deux releases in October 2024, Sher will have worked with Todd Phillips on seven projects, including War Dogs, Due Date, and the Hangover franchise. Sher’s comments regarding Joker: Folie á Deux suggest that the 2024 film is a “big swing” and “really surprising,” implying that, while the film’s experimental genre may be a risk, there are high hopes that the project will still have the impact of Todd Phillips’ original 2019 film.

Something I appreciate about Todd Phillips – who I’ve done seven movies with, including Joker – is that he’s always taking risks. We’ve got the new Joker coming out next year and we’re just finishing up post-production on it. This movie is a big swing and it’s going to be really surprising to people. I’m so excited for everyone to see it.

Why Joker 2’s Production Updates Are So Promising

Todd Phillips officially announced development on Joker: Folie á Deux in June 2022, with principal photography on the film beginning in December of that year. Although several pieces of news have been revealed about the upcoming film, primarily the casting announcements of Lady Gaga, Zazie Beetz, Catherine Keener, Brendan Gleeson, Harry Lawtey, and Jacob Lofland, not much is yet known about the film’s storyline. However, it is suspected that Joker: Folie á Deux will take the form of a musical in a diversion from the original 2019 film, which has been regarded as a huge risk for the gritty and dark world set out by Phillips.

Lawrence Sher’s comments not only confirm that Joker: Folie á Deux is almost finished with production but suggest that the sequel will continue to subvert audience expectations just like Joker did before it. With less than a year before Joker: Folie á Deux finally hits theaters, there is bound to be more news being revealed in the coming months, particularly with production drawing to a close. New images from Joker: Folie á Deux have shown Joaquin Phoenix as his twisted Arthur Fleck, boosting excitement for the project, and Sher’s comments will surely only add to this.

Source: Definition Magazine

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