THR has revealed a bunch of actresses that are vying for roles in Cathy Yan’s Birds of Prey alongside Margot Robbie.
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who starred in Belle and appeared in Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time, and Jurnee Smolett-Bell, who appeared in the critically acclaimed WGN series Underground and recently booked a lead in HBO’s Lovecraft Country, are in the mix for Black Canary. Hidden Figures star Janelle Monae was also said to be in the running but it is unclear if she tested for the role.
For the role of Huntress, Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (10 Cloverfield Lane, Fargo) and Cristin Milioti (Black Mirror, How I Met Your Mother) have tested or read, sources say.
Justina Machado, who stars in Netflix’s One Day at a Time and who has appeared on Jane the Virgin and The Purge: Anarchy, tested for the role of Renee Montoya. Roberta Colindrez, who starred in Amazon series I Love Dick and Starz’s Vida, also tested for the character, a lesbian detective on the Gotham City police force.
Omega Underground previously reported that Birds of Prey begins filming mid-January in Los Angeles.
Warner Bros. has yet to give the film a release date.