John Cena and two Marvel alums join new Suicide Squad film
James Gunn reveals 24 actors confirmed for the “reboot”, including the WWE wrestler, Guardians Of The Galaxy’s Michael Rooker and Thor: Ragnarok’s Taika Waititi.
Writer-director James Gunn has revealed the full cast for his upcoming Suicide Squad reboot.
Margot Robbie will reprise her role as Harley Quinn in the new film (she will also play the character in Warner Bros’ upcoming Birds of Prey). The list also confirms Joel Kinnaman returning as government agent Rick Flag, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller.
Despite these returning characters, producer Peter Safran told Entertainment that the film “is a total reboot” and not a sequel. “It’s everything you would hope from a James Gunn script, and I think that says a lot and that promises a lot and I know that we will deliver a lot,” he said.
New names have also been added to the franchise.
Idris Elba will play an unnamed new character, Guardians of the Galaxy veteran Michael Rooker (reportedly playing King Shark), Nathan Fillion (Firefly), WWE star John Cena, Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who), Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok) Saturday Night Live’s Pete Davidson (reportedly doing a cameo), The Dark Knight’s David Dastmalchian (reportedly playing Polka-Dot Man), and newcomer Daniela Melchior (reportedly as Ratcatcher).
Actors Will Smith (Deadshot), Jared Leto (Joker), Cara Delevingne (Enchantress), Karen Fukuhara (Katana), and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Killer Croc) from David Ayer’s critically lambasted 2016 Suicide Squad were significantly missing from the reveal.
Gunn was approached by Disney to take up the film within two days of his firing from Disney’s Guardians franchise. “I don’t think I’ve had as much fun writing a script since maybe Dawn of the Dead,” he told Deadline. Disney later rehired Gunn to work on Guardians 3.
The Suicide Squad will be released on Aug 6 2021.