Although an earlier report indicated filming of Suicide Squad 2 might be delayed until fall 2018 to accommodate Will Smith's busy schedule, there are new signs that the Warner Bros. sequel could begin principal photography as early as next spring.
An updated listing on MyEntertainmentWorld, a website that tracks film and television productions, places the start date at mid-March, suggesting the studio is sticking to its early-2018 plans.
That update follows the hiring last month of Gavin O'Connor (The Accountant) to write and direct the Suicide Squad sequel. The studio previously considered Mel Gibson and Jaume Collet-Serra for the job.
Targeted for 2019, Suicide Squad 2 would be the third installment of the DC Extended Universe released that year. Shazam! is set to open April 5, and Wonder Woman 2 on Dec. 13. Marvel Studios' 2019 slate boasts Captain Marvel, Avengers 4 and the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Few details about the film are available, but it's expected to see the return of Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Will Smith as Deadshot, Jared Leto as The Joker and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller.
Written and directed by David Ayer, 2016's Suicide Squad received mixed reviews but earned $745.6 million worldwide and widespread acclaim for Robbie's performance as Harley Quinn.