James Gunn’s ‘The Suicide Squad’: Taika Waititi in Talks to Join the Stacked Ensemble
The Warner Bros. sort-of sequel to ‘Suicide Squad’ has Taika Waititi in talks to join the star-studded ensemble. The role is currently unknown.
Waititi was recently in Marvel Studios’ ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ voicing the character Korg. He has appeared in all the projects he’s directed so far, with ‘Eagle vs Shark,’ ‘Boy,’ (both) ‘What We Do in the Shadows,’ ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople,’ and ‘Thor: Ragnarok,’ as well as the upcoming Star Wars Disney+ series ‘The Mandalorian,’ premiering November 12th, and his next film ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ releasing October 18th. Also, he will appear in Shawn Levy’s ‘Free Guy,’ releasing July 3, 2020, and will likely reprise Korg in ‘Thor: Love and Thunder,’ releasing November 5, 2021.
Meanwhile, Gunn serves as writer and director for ‘The Suicide Squad’ (the current title anyway). The film follows David Ayer’s 2016 film ‘Suicide Squad,’ but rather than a straight sequel, this is described as a new take on the property from the mind of Gunn that will feature a mix of new and old characters. Further, the project is very much rooted in Gunn’s vibe, as seen in his ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ movies.
Moreover, Viola Davis is coming back to play Amanda Waller, while Margot Robbie will reprise the role of Harley Quinn. According to the actors themselves, Jai Courtney and Joel Kinnaman will be returning to play Captain Boomerang and Rick Flagg, respectively.
Idris Elba (‘Luther,’ ‘Hobbs & Shaw’) will now be playing a new character, instead of replacing Will Smith as Deadshot. However, the character is unknown, but it could be Bronze Tiger. Deadshot has been written out of the movie, but may return in the future, with Smith returning. Storm Reid (‘A Wrinkle in Time,’ ‘When They See Us’) will play the daughter of Idris Elba’s character. Flula Borg (‘Pitch Perfect 2,’ ‘Counterpart’) will play a love interest to one of the characters. Nathan Fillion (‘Firefly,’ ‘Castle’) has an undisclosed role as well.
Also, several new characters will be introduced:
- Nanaue, aka King Shark
- Steve Agee (‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,’ ‘Brightburn’) will lend his voice.
- Ratcatcher, aka Maria the Millennial
- Newcomer Daniela Melchior will portray the genderbent character.
- Polka-Dot Man, aka Mister Polka Dot
- David Dastmalchian (‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’) depicts the role.
- Peacemaker, aka Christopher Smith
- John Cena (‘Blockers,’ ‘Bumblebee’) is in talks, due to scheduling conflicts from Dave Bautista (‘Guardians of the Galaxy’).
There will also be a monstrous femme fatale character. The description states she is a surly, creature-like, muscular alien woman. The role will require a heavy use of prosthetics, akin to Killer Croc. Our own KC Walsh speculates the character could be either Rampage, Voodoo, a genderbent Despero, or (my pick) Duchess.
Additionally, second unit director and supervising stunt coordinator Guy Norris (‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’) will return, as he was part of the first film. Cinematographer Henry Braham (‘The Golden Compass,’ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2′), costume designer Judianna Makovsky (‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,’ ‘Avengers: Endgame’), production designer Beth Mickle (‘Drive,’ ‘Only God Forgives’) and visual effects supervisor Kelvin McIlwain (‘Aquaman,’ ‘Shazam!’) are also part of the crew.
Filming will begin September 23rd and wrap January 31st in Atlanta, Georgia. A table reading will commence on September 11th.
Warner Bros. will release the film on August 6, 2021.