Joker: Folie à Deux welcomes Industry star Harry Lawtey to the cast of the gritty sequel

Joker: Folie à Deux, Harry Lawtey, Todd Phillips, Joker

Todd Phillips’ Joker sequel, Joker: Folie à Deux, is adding a fresh, chiseled face to the mix, courtesy of Industry’s Harry Lawtey. The 25-year-old actor will join the film’s cast, including Joaquin Phoenix, Lady Gaga, Brendan Gleeson, Catherine Keener, Jacob Lofland, and Zazie Beetz.

Todd Phillips directed 2019’s billion-dollar box office blowout, Joker, and is returning for the sequel. Joaquin Phoenix reprises his disturbing role as Arthur Fleck, a tortured comedian who transforms into a killer after being rejected by Gotham and its people. Lady Gaga plays Harley Quinn in the sequel, with a portion of the film taking place in Arkham Asylum, a fortified prison masquerading as a hospital for Gotham’s criminally insane population. 

In addition to directing the anticipated sequel, Phillips co-wrote Joker: Folie à Deux with Scott Silver. Production begins in November in Los Angeles, with the movie carrying a musical element that concerns some fans. Not me, though. Bring on the bizarre creative choices, I say! I’m in the minority in thinking the world does not need a Joker sequel, but if we’re going to do it, take some risks!

Harry Lawtey’s Hollywood dance card is filling up with several projects on the horizon. He recently completed work on Scott Cooper’s The Pale Blue Eye, starring Christian Bale and Gillian Anderson. The Pale Blue Eye focuses on a world-weary detective hired to investigate the murder of a West Point cadet. To help solve the case, the detective enlists another cadet to join the hunt. That cadet turns out to be Edgar Allan Poe.

Lawtey also plays Ben in Jamie Davis’ romantic dramedy mini-series You & Me. The presentation focuses on three people overcoming tragedies and finding love again in a harsh world. Other projects Lawtey is attached to include the James Strong thriller Mother Russia and Sharon Maguire’s Lounbourn.

How excited are you for Joker: Folie à Deux? Does the film’s mysterious description make you nervous? How much of a musical element do you think the film will have? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Deadline

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Born and raised in New York, then immigrated to Canada, Steve Seigh has been a editor, columnist, and critic since 2012. He started with Ink & Pixel, a column celebrating the magic and evolution of animation, before launching the companion YouTube series Animation Movies Revisited. He's also the host of the Talking Comics Podcast, a personality-driven audio show focusing on comic books, film, music, and more. You'll rarely catch him without headphones on his head and pancakes on his breath.