Last month, it was reported that Viola Davis will likely play Amanda Waller in Warner Bros.’ Suicide Squad film. This news came off the heels of the Oscar nominee being mentioned on the studio’s shortlist for the role, alongside Oprah Winfrey and Octavia Spencer. Now, during an interview with Nerd Report for the Blackhat press junket, Davis has confirmed that she is in talks to play Waller, who is the founder of Task Force X.
Davis admits that she has not begun researching the Suicide Squad comics yet, but she affirms that she is reworking her schedule to include the DC Comics adaptation. “I have not started reading them yet. I’ve read up about her [Waller] but I’m working out my schedule for Suicide Squad.” She then reveals her excitement for the potential role, explaining why she is interested in Waller as a character. “I’m fascinated by her. I’m fascinated by her in this world of superhero-ness because she is not a woman that you would expect. I think that she is a massive contradiction. She’s this big powerful black woman, hard, ready to pick up a gun and shoot anyone at will. I’m fascinated in exploring her psychology, just put it that way. And I’m excited to pick up a gun.” So while it isn’t a done deal yet, it sounds like it’s close, especially given Davis’ enthusiasm for the
character. Stay tuned for more news as we have it.
Suicide Squad is scheduled to hit theaters August 5th, 2016. The third installment in the DC Cinematic Universe stars Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevingne and Jared Leto. David Ayer writes and directs.