Suicide Squad Cast is To Die For

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Courtesy of comicvine.com

The Suicide Squad as they appear in the comic books.

Helen Burdier, Entertainment Editor

After weeks of rumors and speculation, the cast of DC Comics’ Suicide Squad has been revealed.

The comic book adaptation, to be written and directed by David Ayer, will focus on six super-villains who are given one last chance at redemption, in a mission that is likely to fail and kill them all.

It’s John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club, except with dangerous black-ops missions to avoid more time in prison rather than running through the hallways to avoid the principal.

Making up the cast are Jared Leto, Will Smith, Tom Hardy, and Margot Robbie. Leto, whose most recent gig was as a transgender AIDS patient in last year’s award-winning Dallas Buyers Club, will play The Joker. His accomplice and girlfriend, Harley Quinn, will be played by Margot Robbie, whose most known for starring in last year’s The Wolf of Wall Street.

Hardy will act as the squad’s leader, Rick Flag, and Smith will play Deadshot, a super-assassin with a variety of weapons at his disposal.

Joining those four stars are model-turned-actress, Cara Delevingne, whose acting career has just recently launched from the runway with roles in the upcoming John Green novel adaptation, Paper Towns. Delevingne will play the role of The Enchantress, who holds magical powers but not enough control over them. The sixth member of the villains-forced-to-be-good is Jai Courtney, who will play Boomerang, who unsurprisingly uses boomerangs as his weapon of choice.

Although the film is already brimming with A-listers, there are still spots to be filled for the characters of Amanda Waller and Lex Luthor. The latter is rumored to be reprised by Jesse Eisenberg, who plays Luthor in Batman v Superman:Dawn of Justice. As for Waller, who was played by Angela Basset in the Green Lantern, actresses rumored for the role include Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and Oprah Winfrey.

The movie will start filming in April, and is scheduled to be released in August 2016.

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