The cast of Warner Bros. and David Ayer’s adaptation of DC Comics’ Suicide Squad has been revealed. The star-studded roster will include:
- Jared Leto as The Joker
- Will Smith as Deadshot
- Tom Hardy as Rick Flag
- Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn
- Jai Courtney as Boomerang
- Cara Delevingne as Enchantress
Many of these names had been rumored for the project in recent weeks, but now we have confirmation on their casting. Suicide Squad, which focuses on a team of super villains who are brought together by the government for the toughest of missions, is scheduled for release on Aug. 5, 2016. Production is scheduled to begin on the film in April in Toronto.
Jesse Eisenberg has also been in talks to play Lex Luthor in the film, reprising his Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice character and linking that movie to Suicide Squad, but as of now it is unclear if he will appear in the latter film or not.
“The Warner Bros. roots are deep on this one,” WB President Greg Silverman said in a statement. “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 character of Amanda Waller still needs to be cast. She is the sort of Nick Fury figure who brings the team together (and was previously played by Angela Bassett in Green Lantern). Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and Oprah Winfrey are all said to be on the studio’s short list for the part, with Winfrey being their first choice.