James Gunn’s Suicide Squad sequel/franchise reboot is slowly and quietly stacking its central cast with Hollywood A-listers.
According to Forbes, Guardians of the Galaxy star Benicio del Toro is in talks to reunite with writer-director James Gunn for Warner Bros.’ The Suicide Squad. He is reportedly circling a villainous role known as The General.
In the comics, there is a character nicknamed “General” (Ulysses Hadrian Armstrong) who first appeared in the pages of Detective Comics #654 in 1992. Created by Chuck Dixon, Armstrong has a special talent for military strategy and is well-trained in the use of firearms.
We already know that a good chunk of the original cast is returning from the first film, including Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, and Joel Kinnaman. Should del Toro sign on, he’ll be joining newcomers Idris Elba and John Cena.
Written and directed by James Gunn, The Suicide Squad is set to hit theaters August 6, 2021.