Now that most of the major casting has been announced for Fury and "End of Watch" director David Ayer's film version of DC Entertainment's "Suicide Squad" comic book over at Warner Bros--It's on to pre-production...
The comic 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 is in charge of the program.
Oscar winner Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) is playing the role of The Joker--Ryan Gosling was originally up for the role, but he was "unwilling to sign a deal with options for multiple movies" Joker was last portrayed by the late Heath Ledger who gave an Academy Award-winning performance in The Dark Knight. Leto was also in the running to play the lead in Marvel's long gestating Doctor Strange movie--a role that Sherlock and "Star Trek Into Darkness" star Benedict Cumberbatch now circles.
"The Wolf of Wall Street" actress Margot Robbie will play Harley Quinn In the DC mythology Quinn is sidekick to The Clown Prince Of Crime.Robbie
has been on the radar to take a role in the film shortly after the
project was announced. The Quinn character was not in the early drafts
of the script.
British model and actress Cara Delevingne was circling the role as well--but instead she will play
a sorceress named Enchantress.
Will Smith is tipped to play Floyd Lawton, aka. the assassin Deadshot.
Tom Hardy is set as team leader Rick Flag. Australian actor Jai Courtney ("A Good Day To Die Hard," "Divergent") lands the role of Digger Harkness a.k.a. Captain Boomerang.
Despite earlier reports, Jesse Eisenberg is not part of the
official cast, but that doesn't rule out a potential cameo appearance as Lex Luthor Eisenberg plays Lex in Zack Snyder's "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice"
Other actors already slated to be a part of the DC Cinematic Universe could show up here as well.
Variety reports that Oprah Winfrey, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer are being eyed for the key role of Waller.
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.
The creator of the DC title John Ostrander spoke with CBR about the movie.
He says: "I wouldn't have guessed that it would have been one
of the properties that they would do quite so quickly. That's a heck of
a slot. It's the first movie after 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of
Justice'. That places them pretty high and sure, that pleases me."
Ostrander says that he has "no problem with the casting" adding "movies
are different and separate entities from comics. They have different
needs, and they have to find ways to get a lot of people into seats."
And so he is very happy with the casting choices though: "What I am really impressed by with all of the casting is that
they are getting some very good actors to play these parts. That means
Warner Bros. is very serious about this movie."
He gives high praise to the three actresses rumored for the Waller role, saying that Oprah is at the top of his list to play her Waller, but also
adds that Queen Latifah would be a good fit for the part.
Finally, he was asked if any key characters were missing from the movie roster that he thought
should have been included: "I think they needed a few more
characters that aren't villains, because that's what we did originally,
in order to make it work" and thinks that Bronze Tiger and Nightshade would have been interesting to see.