Director James Gunn announces cast for upcoming "Suicide Squad" sequel
A file image shows a person dressed as Harley Quinn from the movie 'Suicide Squad' posing for pictures during the 2016 Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention (TOYCON) in Pasay City, the Philippines, June 1, 2016. EPA-EFE FILE/MARK R. CRISTINO
Los Angeles, USA, Sep 13 (efe-epa).- American filmmaker James Gunn on Friday announced the star-studded cast for the second part of the 2016 DC comic-book movie "Suicide Squad."
In a message posted on Twitter, Gunn said that the ensemble will include new names such as British thespian Idris Elba, American pro wrestling star John Cena, Argentinian-Spanish actor Juan Diego Botto and Mexican performer Joaquin Cosio.
In addition, Margot Robbie (who plays lead character Harley Quinn), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag), Viola Davis (Amanda Waller) and Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang) will reprise their roles from the first installment of this series based on DC Comics characters.
The sequel, titled "The Suicide Squad" (the determiner is the only difference with the original movie's name), is set to premiere in August 2021.
But instead of a direct continuation of the first film, it has been billed as a "new take" on the world inhabited by these anti-heroes, which is why a large part of the cast is completely new.
Some of the other cast additions for this pseudo-remake include Taika Waititi, Peter Capaldi, Storm Reid, Pete Davidson, David Dastmalchian and Daniela Melchior.
The participation of actors Alice Braga, Michael Rooker, Mayling Ng, Sean Gunn, Jennifer Holland, Tinashe Kajese, Julio Ruiz, Steve Agee and Flula Borg has also been confirmed.
Will Smith, who played Deadshot in the 2016 version, will not be returning for the sequel.
So far, Warner Bros studios – which hold the rights to all DC movie franchises – have not yet revealed the roles that each of these actors will portray.
Gunn's signing to direct The Suicide Squad caused a stir among Hollywood media as it came right after he was fired by Disney as the director of "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3" when some of his old, highly-controversial tweets came to light.
However, Disney later backpedaled and brought him back for the third part of the Guardians saga in mid-March.
The earlier installment of "Suicide Squad" earned a non-negligible $746 million at the box office, but the flick received a lukewarm-to-negative response from both critics and fans.
The DC Cinematographic Universe – intended to compete with Disney's Marvel MCU – includes superhero movies such as "Man of Steel" (2013), "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" (2016), "Wonder Woman," "Justice League" (both from 2017), "Aquaman" (2018) and the recently-released "Shazam!" (2019).
Most of these titles have been either heavily panned or met with indifference by casual viewers and diehard fans alike, with the notable exceptions of Wonder Woman and – to a lesser degree – Shazam! EFE-EPA