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 ("The Help" and "How to Get Away with Murder" star Viola Davis) a prison warden and government agent 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.
Ayer tweeted a photo of Courtney training for the film.
Jai prepares for battle #SuicideSquad pic.twitter.com/hHQXh9nYzV
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) January 10, 2015
Meantime, Davis--who beat out both Oprah Winfrey and Octavia Spencer for the Waller role--tells Nerd Report that scheduling around her TV series commitments is still being sorted out, but she's very excited to play the character of Waller:
“I'm fascinated by her. I'm fascinated by her in this world of superhero-ness because she is not a woman that you would expect. I think that she is a massive contradiction. She's this big powerful black woman, hard, ready to pick up a gun and shoot anyone at will. I'm fascinated in exploring her psychology, just put it that way. And I'm excited to pick up a gun"
Now, The Wrap reports that Davis is almost set to ink a multi-picture deal to play Waller in a number of DC Cinematic Universe films.
The site adds that Smith has been lobbying personally to do whatever it takes to cast Davis.
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"
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 this 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.