As reported by Variety, Warner Bros. has revealed the core cast of its 2016 “Suicide Squad” film, with Jared Leto as Joker, Will Smith as Deadshot, Tom Hardy as Rick Flag, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Boomerang and Cara Delevigne as Enchantress. As previously reported, the film will be directed by David Ayer and produced by Charles Roven.
Variety also stated that “Batman v Superman” star Jesse Eisenberg is “also in talks” to reprise his role as Lex Luthor for “Suicide Squad”; and the role of Amanda Waller has yet to be cast — though Warner Bros. is reportedly considering Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Oprah Winfrey, with the latter said to be the studio’s top choice.
“The Warner Bros. roots are deep on this one,” Warner Bros. President Greg Silverman said in a statement. “We look forward to seeing this terrific ensemble, under David Ayer’s amazing guidance, give new meaning to what it means to be a villain and what it means to be a hero.”
Fans will likely recognize most of the cast from other projects — Leto most recently won an Oscar for his performance in “Dallas Buyer’s Club;” Smith starred in the “Men in Black” series; and Hardy played Bane in “The Dark Knight Rises.” Courtney is set to appear in “Terminator: Genesys,” Robbie played Naomi Lapaglia in “The Wolf of Wall Street” and Delevigne is likely best known for her role in 2012’s “Anna Karenina.”
Rumors concerning the “Suicide Squad” cast have run rampant since the official announcement from Warner Bros. in October. Leto was rumored as Joker in early November, with Robbie reportedly in contention for Harley Quinn a few days later, and reports have connected both Smith and Hardy to the film for weeks.
Director David Ayer commented on the film a few days after its announcement, shedding some light on the tone it intends to take.
“I can say that it’s a ‘Dirty Dozen’ with supervillains,” Ayer said. “Then I can ask the question, ‘Does a movie really need good guys?'”
“Suicide Squad” is scheduled for release on Aug. 5, 2016.