There’s no better way to end the casting rumour for “Suicide Squad” than to have Warner Bros. Studios itself to confirm the cast.
Following Warner Bros’ announcement on the full movie slate for DC Comics films, the studio kept everything tightly under wraps, neither confirming nor denying the casting rumours regarding its upcoming films. Speculations ran wild over the casting of the DC Cinematic Universe and the one that stands out the most is, of course, their first antihero film, “Suicide Squad”.
Based on the original DC Comic, Suicide Squad is a group of supervillains who find themselves going on a most unlikely mission for a shot at redemption. However, the mission will probably kill them all. “Fury” director David Ayer is set to direct the film, based on Justin Marks’ screenplay. During the initial announcement, no details were provided about its plot and cast but it was confirmed that the film is slated for release on Aug 5, 2016.
Just few weeks after the announcement, it was reported that Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, and Cara Delevingne were in various stages of discussions to play the leading roles of David Ayer‘s comic book movie “Suicide Squad”. British model/actress Cara Delevingne also sparked speculations about her role in the film after she posted an Instagram picture of Joker’s girlfriend, Harley Quinn. “Terminator: Genesys” star Jai Courtney was also rumoured to appear in the film as Deadshot.
Before speculations ran wild again, Warner Bros finally announced the official cast of the film on December 2nd, 2014.
Check out the list of official cast and their characters below:
- Jared Leto – The Joker
- Will Smith – Deadshot
- Tom Hardy – Rick Flag
- Margot Robbie – Harley Quinn
- Jai Courtney – Boomerang
- Cara Delevingne – Enchantress
Unlike the initial report, Jai Courtney will be playing Captain Boomerang instead while Will Smith will be playing Deadshot.
Cara Delevingne, who was earlier rumoured to play Harley Quinn, will be playing Enchantress, a lesser-known character in “Suicide Squad”. She can be seen next in Warner Bros’ “Pan“. “Now You See Me” star Jesse Eisenberg, on the other hand, is still in talks to play Lex Luthor in “Suicide Squad”, a role that will first appear in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”
According to TheWrap, Warner Bros’ president Greg Silverman revealed in a statement that “the roots are deep on this one”. He then continued, “We look forward to seeing this terrific ensemble, under David Ayer’s amazing guidance, give new meaning to what it means to be a villain and what it means to be a hero.”
The casting of the film is incomplete as Warner Bros is still looking for someone to play Amanda Waller, the character who oversees the team (similar to Nick Fury in the Marvel universe). The shortlisted actresses to play Amanda Waller includes Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and Oprah Winfrey. However, the status of the deals is unknown.
Produced by Charles Roven and Richard Suckle, “Suicide Squad” is set to begin shooting in Toronto next April.
What do you think of the official cast? Are you excited to see the film? We can’t wait to watch it either! 😀