Latino Review reports that "The Help" and "How to Get Away with Murder" star Viola Davis apparently beat out both Oprah Winfrey and Octavia Spencer for a crucial role in Fury and "End of Watch" director David Ayer's film version of DC Entertainment's "Suicide Squad" comic book over at Warner Bros.
The comic created by John Ostrander centers on incarcerated villains from the DC universe being recruited as deniable assets by the Government to go on high-risk black ops missions in exchange for more lenient or even commuted sentences. Amanda Waller (Davis) a prison warden and government agent is in charge of the program.
Davis is expected to be able to work around her TV schedule to play the role.
Ayer is expected to perform re-writes of an initial script by Justin Marks.
Dan Lin is producing the pic with Charles Roven.
Pre-production gets underway in February ahead of filming which will take place at Pinewood Toronto Studios.from mid-April to September of next year. The film has an August 5th 2016 release date planned.
Several of the characters have appeared on The CW's popular Arrow TV series and that trend will continue.