A lot of good actors are getting ready to become The Suicide Squad.
Director James Gunn took to Twitter on Friday to reveal a sprawling cast for the upcoming film. Besides actors we’ve known about for sometime — like Idris Elba and returning cast members from Suicide Squad like Margot Robbie and Viola Davis — the film will also Alice Braga and Juan Diego Botto. The list also finally confirms the presence of Bumblebee‘s John Cena, who’s been in the frame since at least April. Of course, the director’s accompanying comment, “Don’t get too attached,” suggests every person on this list has a target on their back
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) September 13, 2019
Which makes sense for a Suicide Squad film. Based on a premise first devised for the DC Comics title in the 1980s by John Ostrander, the Suicide Squad (aka Task Force X) is a group of supercriminals press-ganged into doing wetwork for the US government. Their minder, Amanda Waller (Viola Davis in both films), is a ruthless tactician ready to sacrifice their lives for the good of the mission. The Squad generally finds a way to work together and bring most of its members back in one piece; but death is always a possible outcome.
Robbie and Courtney return Suicide Squad‘s Harley Quinn and Captain Boomerang. Joel Kinnaman also reprise his role as Rick Flag, Waller’s boot on the ground. David Dastmalchian, Daniela Melchior, and Steve Agee will debut as the Polka-Dot Man, the Ratcatcher, and King Shark. Flula Borg will also appear as a potential love interest for a member of the Squad. Idris Elba is set to star as an as-yet unnamed character with Nathan Fillion and Taika Waititi also set to appear in undisclosed roles alongside Peter Capaldi, Pete Davidson, Braga, Cena and the rest of the new names.
The Suicide Squad hits theaters on August 6th, 2021.