The ‘Gangs of New York’ actor will reunite with his ‘The Vilage’ co-star Joaquin Phoenix after he has become the latest addition to the cast of ‘Joker’ sequel.
AceShowbiz –Brendan Gleeson has been added to the “Joker” sequel to work with Joaquin Phoenix. The 67-year-old actor is set to reunite with Joaquin in Todd Phillips’ “Joker: Folie a Deux” after the pair starred in the 2004 film “The Village” together.
According to Brendan, the success of the original movie – with Joaquin claiming the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Arthur Fleck/Joker – also played a part in persuading him to take the role.
“It wasn’t the material, which is a great way to get me out of having to answer any questions about the criteria,” he told Collider when asked how the “Joker” sequel appealed to him. “It was the achievement of the first film. I worked with Joaquin before on ‘The Village’… And so I knew him from then.”
Brendan continued, “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.”
Lady Gaga has been cast in the sequel as Harley Quinn and Margot Robbie – who played the Joker’s love interest in three movies – loves the idea of the character being passed around by “great actors.”
The 32-year-old actress said, “It makes me so happy because I said from the very beginning, all I want is for Harley Quinn to be one of those characters, the way Macbeth or Batman always gets passed from great actor to great actor. And I feel like in not so many cases are they female characters.”
“Queen Elizabeth I, but like beyond that – which I got to have a crack at as well, which I was honoured to do. I was like, ‘Wow, Cate Blanchett did Queen Elizabeth I. Now I get to.’ “
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