Director and writer James Gunn lastly revealed which stars will appear in the upcoming Suicide Squad movie, on Twitter on Saturday.
The good news here is that The Suicide Squad cast list officially confirms Margot Robbie will reprise her role as Harley Quinn in the new film. She is also playing the character in Warner Bros’s upcoming movie Birds of Prey. According to the list, Joel Kinnaman will return as government agent Rick Flag, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller.
There is a noteworthy number of new names to the franchise, most of whom have been at least floated in the press over the last several months.
Idris Elba will play an unnamed new character, Guardians of the Galaxy veteran Michael Rooker (reportedly playing King Shark), Nathan Fillion (Firefly), WWE star John Cena, Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who), Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok) Pete Davidson (Saturday Night Live, and reportedly just doing a cameo), David Dastmalchian (The Dark Knight, and reportedly playing Polka-Dot Man), and newcomer Daniela Melchior (reportedly as Ratcatcher).
In the tweet, James Gunn appeared to hint that there might be quite a few deaths in the fictional supervillain team. ‘Don’t get too attached. #TheSuicideSquad,’ James captioned the list.
And here is the complete list of 24 actors in James Gunn’s ‘The Suicide Squad.’
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) September 13, 2019
Actors who were in David Ayer’s 2016 Suicide Squad but are not on the list here involve Will Smith as Deadshot, Jared Leto’s Joker, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, Karen Fukuhara’s Katana, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s Killer Croc.
Also absent is Guardians’ Dave Bautista, who lobbied for a role in the film and heavily supported Gunn during his ouster from Disney over old tweets, and some thought he might show up here.
Producer Peter Safran has declared the film, which is also written by Gunn that “ it is a total reboot” and not a sequel. “It is everything you would hope from a James Gunn script, and I think that says a lot and that promises a lot, and I know that we will deliver a lot,” he said.
The Suicide Squad will hit the theaters on 6 August 2021.