Suicide Squad Recruits Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn; Jai Courtney Reportedly Up for Deadshot Role
According to Collider, Margot Robbie is now in talks to play Harley Quinn in Warner Bros.' (WB) "Suicide Squad" pic. Earlier, WB studio executives hinted four A-list celebs who will be appearing in the pic, which included Robbie, Will Smith, Ryan Gosling and Tom Hardy. Moreover, word leaked out that Gosling is out of the picture, with Jared Leto replacing him for the role, which according to reports is the Joker.
Originally introduced in the “Batman: the Animated Series,” Quinn has become a mainstay at DC, becoming a key member of the Suicide Squad since its New 52 re-launch. Originally known as the Arkham Asylum psychiatrist Dr. Harleen Quinzel, Quinn came into existence from her obsession with the Joker while treating him, eventually becoming his assistant.
Meanwhile Variety reports that "Terminator: Genesys" and "Divergent" actor Jai Courtney is eyed to join the cast as Deadshot. Moreover, according to the report, Tom Hardy will be playing Rick Flag, while, although uncertain, Will Smith will be playing Captain Boomerang.
Jesse Eisenberg, who will play Lex Luthor in the upcoming “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” will also be reprising his role in Suicide Squad.
“Fury” director David Ayer is set to helm the pic. Ayer was was known as the writer for the film “Training Day,” directed by Antoine Fuqua, which starred Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke, and was also director and writer of the “End of Watch” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña. He directed the recently released war pic “Fury,” which stars Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf and Logan Lerman.
Suicide Squad, also known as Task Force X, is an antihero team of incarcerated supervillains who act as deniable assets for the United States government, undertaking high-risk black ops missions in exchange for commuted prison sentences. The group operates out of Belle Reve Penitentiary, under the directorship of Dr. Amanda Waller. In the graphic novels, the most common members of Suicide Squad include Bronze Tiger and Deadshot, although Batman villain Quinn has become the face of the group since the launch of the New 52. The group was also featured in an episode on The CW’s "Arrow."
"Suicide Squad" is set to be released in 2016.
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