Warner Bros’ The Suicide Squad director James Gunn confirms the full cast for his upcoming sequel, but warns that not all will survive.
James Gunn, who will write and direct the upcoming DC Extended Universe film, revealed the movie’s cast on Instagram with a word of warning: “Don’t get too attached.” Though the image announces the actors attached to the project, it doesn’t reveal which character each star will play.
The image includes the following names: David Dastmalchian, John Cena, Jai Courtney, Joaquin Cosio, Nathan Fillion, Joel Kinnaman, Mayling Ng, Flula Borg, Sean Gunn, Juan Diego Botto, Storm Reid, Pete Davidson, Taika Waititi, Alice Braga, Steve Agee, Tinashe Kajese, Daniela Melchior, Peter Capaldi, Julio Ruiz, Jennifer Holland, Viola Davis, Idris Elba, Margot Robbie and Michael Rooker.
Some of these names are returning actors, including Robbie who will reprise her role of Harley Quinn, Kinnaman as Rick Flagg, Courtney as Captain Boomerang and Davis as Amanda Waller. As for the others, Elba was originally cast to replace Will Smith as Deadshot, but then filmmakers moved him to a different role in order to keep the door open for Smith to return in the future. Reid will play the daughter of Ilba’s character. No other roles are confirmed, though it’s been reported Agee may play King Shark. It’s likely not all these cast members will play DC comics characters, and instead will portray new roles written specifically for The Suicide Squad.
Considering Gunn’s warning, not all of these characters will last very long. As such, don’t be surprised to see some actors make short cameo appearances, as their characters fall victim to the team’s titular creed.
Notably, the image also gives The Suicide Squad a new logo. It takes direct inspiration from the original comic book logo, as it appeared on John Ostrander and Luke McDonnell’s Suicide Squad #1 in 1987.
Written and directed by James Gunn, The Suicide Squad is set to hit theaters Aug. 6, 2021.