Viola Davis Will Return as Amanda Waller in James Gunn’s ‘The Suicide Squad’

Apr 5, 2019

The Warner Bros. sort-of sequel to ‘Suicide Squad’ will see the return of Violas Davis as the character Amanda Waller. She had the role in the previous film from David Ayer.

Davis is popular for her role in the ABC series ‘How to Get Away with Murder,’ which she won an Emmy for. Other awards include both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for her performance in Denzel Washington’s ‘Fences.’ She was recently in Steve McQueen’s ‘Widows,’ and the Amazon film ‘Troop Zero.’ Next, she has the Harriet Tubman biopic, where she plays the titular character.

Meanwhile, James Gunn serves as writer and director for ‘The Suicide Squad’ (the current title anyway). The ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ director will not make a direct sequel to 2016’s ‘Suicide Squad,’ but rather a “relaunch.” Gunn’s focus is to take the franchise in a new direction with a mostly all-new cast of characters and actors. Further, the project is very much rooted in Gunn’s vibe, as seen in the ‘Guardians’ movies.

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Recently, The Hollywood Reporter gave some insight about some of the other original Squad members:

“Gunn is said to be using mostly DC characters who did not appear in David Ayer’s 2016 film. Although, several are expected to return including Deadshot [with Idris Elba replacing Will Smith], Harley Quinn and Rick Flagg, originally played by Joel Kinnaman, say sources. Another source, however, says Flagg is no longer in the follow-up.”

According to Collider, several new characters will be in the film. This includes Ratcatcher, aka Otis Flannegan, Nanaue, aka King Shark, Polka-Dot Man, aka Mister Polka Dot, Peacemaker, aka Christopher Smith. Dave Bautista (‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ ‘Blade Runner 2049’) is the frontrunner for the role of Peacemaker. According to the actor himself, Jai Courtney will be returning to the role of Captain Boomerang.

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.

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Second unit director and supervising stunt coordinator Guy Norris (‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’) will return as well, as he was part of the first film.

Additionally, filming will begin this September and wrap sometime in February 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Warner Bros. will release the film on August 6, 2021.

Source: The Wrap

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