After weeks of rumors, Warner Bros. has finally announced its very impressive cast for Suicide Squad, the third movie in the DC Cinematic Universe. As previously reported, Margot Robbie is set to play Harley Quinn, Jared Leto has been cast as The Joker, and Tom Hardy will play Rick Flagg.
In more surprising news, however, Will Smith will lead the ensemble cast as Floyd Lawton, aka Deadshot. Jai Courtney, who was previously linked to that role, will instead play Digger Harkness, aka Captain Boomerang. Finally, Cara Delevingne, who was rumored for the Harley Quinn role, will play more obscure DC character Enchantress. Overall, this is an excellent lineup of actors, making this movie one to watch out for.
One role left to cast is Amanda Waller, who oversees the formation of the Squad. According to Variety, Warner’s top choice for the role is Oprah Winfrey. Also on the studio’s shortlist are The Help actresses Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis. Jesse Eisenberg is also still in talks to reprise his role as Lex Luthor after his turn in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but it is unknown how far along negotiations are. In the mean time, you can check out Warner Bros.’ press release below.
BURBANK, Calif. – An all-star roster of actors has joined Warner Bros. Pictures’ new action adventure “Suicide Squad,” bringing DC Comics’ super villain team to the big screen under the direction of David Ayer (“Fury”). The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures.
The film will star two-time Oscar nominee Will Smith (“The Pursuit of Happyness,” “Ali,” upcoming “Focus”) as Deadshot; Tom Hardy (“The Dark Knight Rises,” upcoming “Mad Max: Fury Road”) as Rick Flagg; Margot Robbie (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” upcoming “Focus,” the “Tarzan” movie) as Harley Quinn; Oscar winner Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club,” “Alexander”) as the Joker; Jai Courtney (“Divergent,” upcoming “The Water Diviner”) as Boomerang; and Cara Delevingne (“Anna Karenina,” upcoming “Pan”) as Enchantress.
In making the announcement, Silverman said, “The Warner Bros. roots are deep on this one. David Ayer returns to the studio where he wrote ‘Training Day’ and brings his incredible ability to craft multidimensional villains to this iconic DC property with a cast of longtime Warner collaborators Will Smith and Tom Hardy, and other new and returning favorites: Margot, Jared, Jai and Cara. We look forward to seeing this terrific ensemble, under Ayer’s amazing guidance, give new meaning to what it means to be a villain and what it means to be a hero.”
Ayer is also writing the script for “Suicide Squad,” which is being produced by Charles Roven (“The Dark Knight” trilogy, upcoming “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”) and Richard Suckle (“American Hustle”). Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Colin Wilson and Geoff Johns are serving as executive producers.
The film is slated for release on August 5, 2016.
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