Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Tom Hardy, Jared Leto and More Join Suicide Squad
by Justin Cook
DC has announced the cast of 2016’s Suicide Squad. The movie will star Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Tom Hardy, Jared Leto and Cara Delevingne.
After much speculation and rumors, it has been confirmed that The Wolf of Wall Street actress Margot Robbie will be playing Harley Quinn, while actor Jared Leto, coming off of his first Oscar win for Dallas Buyers Club, will be playing The Joker. Leto will be the first actor to play the iconic Batman villain on-screen since Heath Ledger’s chilling portrayal of the character in 2008’s The Dark Knight.
A Good Day to Die Hard and Divergent actor Jai Courtney is set to play the DC character Boomerang, despite rumors that he would be playing Deadshot. Tom Hardy will play the group’s leader, Rick Flagg. Delevingne, a fairly unknown actress, has been cast as Enchantress.
Perhaps the most surprising casting announcement comes from Will Smith’s involvement with the project. The actor will play Batman villain Deadshot.
DC has certainly compiled a diverse and interesting cast of actors who all seem more than capable of delivering great performances as their respective characters.
Jesse Eisenberg, who will be making his first on-screen appearance as Superman villain Lex Luthor in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, is not a part of the official cast although many rumors suggested that he would be. However, this does not rule out a Lex Luthor cameo in the upcoming film.
David Ayer, director of the recent film Fury, will be helming the project as well as writing the script.
Suicide Squad is based on a popular DC comic in which the government recruits and offers redemption to some of the world’s most evil criminals. The catch is that they must embark on missions where the chance of survival is extremely low. This forces DC criminals such as Harley Quinn, The Joker, Deadshot, Boomerang and more to team up and work with one another.
The film, which has a working title of Bravo 14, will shoot in Toronto and begin pre-production in February. Production is expected to go from mid-April to September 2015.
Charles Roven and Richard Suckle are producing the project and Man of Steel director Zack Snyder will serve as an executive producer.
Making a comic book film centered on the villains instead of the heroes is a refreshing and smart idea. Especially with the large amount of superhero movies being released in 2016, Suicide Squad could end up being a breath of fresh air.
Source: Warner Brothers