After winning an Academy Award for his role as Arthur Fleck in Todd Phillips‘ Joker, Joaquin Phoenix is now set to make more than four times as much for the upcoming sequel Joker: Folie à Deux. According to new reports, the critically acclaimed actor is set to take home a whopping $20 million USD for reprising his role as the titular character in the franchise’s second installment. For context, Phoenix made $4.5 million USD for the first film, meaning his payout has now risen by more than 400%.
While plot details remain scarce for the sequel for now, Lady Gaga has been tied to the project, rumored to be portraying Joker’s sidekick and love interest Harley Quinn. Phillips had previously worked with Gaga during 2018’s version of A Star is Born. Given her musical talents, there’ve also been rumors that Joker: Folie à Deux could be a full-on musical. Of course, DC Films and Warner Bros. Pictures have yet to announce anything official, so fans of the first film should definitely stay tuned for more updates to come.
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