Director/writer James Gunn has released a casting teaser for the film on his twitter account, which confirms most of the previously announced talent…and also contains a few new additions including Michael Rooker (who had previously been rumored for King Shark), Peter Capaldi, and Pete Davidson. You can check out Gunn’s tweet below, but it’s clear that The Suicide Squad is shaping up to have a pretty stellar cast.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) September 13, 2019
The deadliest, sassiest black ops squad on this side of the extended DC Universe are back: The Suicide Squad, a sequel to the 2016 film, is on its way.
Despite an early Comic-Con trailer being well-received, the film’s debut garnered mostly lukewarm reviews and lackluster enthusiasm thanks to its messy narrative. But it did well enough at the box office to ensure a sequel would eventually be made, and that sequel is finally coming on August 6, 2021. Here’s what we know about the movie so far:
What Will It Be About?
The first Suicide Squad functioned as your classic “team movie,” with mainstays like Harley Quinn, Joker, and Deadshot coming together to form a misfit group of high-profile criminals known as “Task Force X” who would take on dangerous missions for the US government. It’s too early at this point to know exactly what the next movie will be about, but it’s been mentioned that with new director James Gunn at the helm, the film wouldn’t exactly be a sequel as much as it would be a total reboot with the same or different characters. That means it’s really fair game as to where the story could go, whether it pulls from the DC comic stories or whether it focuses more on the found family aspect of the group — something that is definitely in Gunn’s wheelhouse.
Who Is Behind The Camera?
Gavin O’Conner was a front runner at first, but dropped out because the Birds of Prey movie was too similar to what he was working on. At one point, David Ayer — who directed the first movie — was going to come back, but it has since been confirmed by Warner Bros. that James Gunn will direct the sequel as well as write the script. The news of Gunn’s attachment to this project initially came after Disney and Marvel let him go from his Guardians of the Galaxy duties after old tweets surfaced.
Who Will Star?
The good news is most of the core cast is set to return. Margot Robbie and Jared Leto are on board to reprise their roles as Harley Quinn and the Joker, respectively, and they’ll join Jai Courtney’s Captain Boomerang, Joel Kinnaman’s Rick Flagg, and Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller. Unfortunately, Will Smith’s Deadshot is out of the picture, but since his departure from the film was due to scheduling, it at least leaves the door open for his character to return should the script allow for it.
In terms of new faces, casting has ramped up in the past few months and audiences should be prepared for a pretty stacked roster of talent. The Suicide Squad will add Idris Elba who is playing an as-of-now unannounced character while A Wrinkle In Time‘s Storm Reid will play his daughter. John Cena is in talks to play another unannounced hero while Ant-Man‘s Damian Dastmalchian has signed on to play the the villain Polka-Dot Man.
Benicio Del Toro is rumored to join the cast in the main villain role as The General and newcomer Daniela Melchoir has been confirmed to play Ratcatcher. Nathan Fillion rounds out the stacked cast in another role that’s being kept underwraps for now.
Comedian Steve Agee has been reportedly tapped to voice King Shark. At one point, it was rumored that Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Michael Rooker would take up the role, but the actor has since shot down the truth of that casting announcement.
Most recently, it was announced by Deadline that Thor director Taika Waititi would potentially have a role in the film, though it’s unclear what role that would be.
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