Joker: Folie à deux star Lady Gaga is one of many celebrities receiving the honor of joining President Biden’s Arts and Humanities Committee.
As reported by Vulture, the international superstar from the upcoming Joker sequel and the Oscar-winning A Star is Born will co-chair the Committee on the Arts alongside film producer Bruce Cohen. Previously gone defunct during the Trump administration, the new committee under the Biden administration will include artists and producers such as George Clooney, Jennifer Garner, Shonda Rhimes, Kerry Washington and Jon Batiste. “To quote Tony Kushner from Angels in America: ‘The great work begins,'” Cohen said.
Gaga has been an active supporter of President Biden for many years. In 2016, Gaga supported the then-Vice President with his “It’s On Us” campaign tour to end sexual assault on college campuses. She was introduced by Biden at the 88th Academy Awards, where she performed the track “Til it Happens to You” from the documentary The Hunting Ground. Additionally, the star performed the National Anthem during Biden’s inauguration in 2021 and took part in the One World: Together at Home television event to raise money in the fight against COVID-19.
Lady Gaga on the Silver Screen
In the acting world, Gaga has been on a roll since her film debut in 2013’s Machete Kills. In 2015, she landed the role of the blood-sucking hotel owner in the fifth season of American Horror Story: Hotel, which earned her a Golden Globe Award. Gaga teased a potential return to the series down the line. “I can’t promise you how or when or anything like that,” Gaga said.
The Next Harley Quinn
As Gaga continued to earn critical acclaim for her work in A Star is Born and House of Gucci, the question was posed if the multi-talented superstar would ever take part in a superhero movie. Instead, she opted to take on a grounded super-villain as Harley Quinn in Todd Phillips’ Joker: Folie à deux opposite Joaquin Phoenix’s Clown Prince of Crime. The decision to cast Gaga has already sparked debate over her performance versus Margot Robbie’s version in the DC Cinematic Universe, but Robbie is approving of Gaga’s casting.
“It makes me so happy,” Robbie said. “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, you know, from great actor to great actor. I think she’ll do something incredible with it.”
Joker: Folie à deux is expected to hit theaters on Oct. 4, 2024.
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