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Suicide Squad has just added another A-list star to its ensemble cast. Two-time Oscar nominee Viola Davis has just confirmed that she’ll be taking on the character of Amanda Waller in Warner Bros. and DC’s highly anticipated comic adaptation.
Per Entertainment Weekly, the How to Get Away with Murder star made the announcement during an interview on the red carpet at this month’s Oscars ceremony. Her confirmation comes after months of speculation regarding the actress’s possible participation in the upcoming flick. Though Warner Bros. has yet to comment on the news, Davis told eTalk that she will be filming with the rest of the cast in Toronto this summer.
Directed by David Ayer, Suicide Squad follows a group of supervillains who team up to take on high-risk black ops missions for the U.S. government. For those not familiar with the series, Waller is the government agent responsible for leading the squad. Her character is in charge of selecting individuals with the skills necessary to become a central part of the team, as well as deciding the dangerous missions they need to complete. Her tough demeanor and antiheroic tendencies earn her the nickname “The Wall.”
In addition to her duties running the task force, Waller is also considered a major player within the DC universe as a whole. She’s already been portrayed several times on screen. Pamela Grier took on the role for The CW’s Smallville, while Angela Bassett played the character in the Green Lantern movie. Most recently, Cynthia Addai-Robinson portrayed Waller in several installments of Seasons 2 and 3 of The CW’S popular Arrow series.
Still, Suicide Squad will mark the character’s highest-profile appearance on screen to date. The role seems like an ideal match for Davis, who is no stranger to playing the role of a tough, no-nonsense professional woman at the top of her field. The actress recently won a Screen Actors Guild award for her portrayal of the hugely successful but morally questionable defense lawyer Annalise Keating in ABC’s hit series How to Get Away With Murder. The role also earned her a Golden Globe nomination last year.
Davis is the latest in a long list of big names currently signed on to star in the film. The movie will also feature Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jared Leto as the Joker, Jai Courtney as Boomerang, and Cara Delevingne as the Enchantress. Jesse Eisenberg is reportedly in talks to reprise his role as Lex Luthor, as well.
News of Davis’s participation comes as the movie is in the process of re-casting Rick Flagg, one of the lead supervillain roles. Tom Hardy was originally set to take on the part but was forced to drop out last month due to scheduling conflicts. Jake Gyllenhaal was also briefly rumored to be in consideration for the part but never officially signed on. With such a high-profile cast, the studio is likely looking for another equally notable name to take on the part.
Suicide Squad is scheduled to hit theaters on August 5, 2016. In the meantime, Davis has several other projects on the horizon. Though ABC has yet to officially confirm the news, How to Get Away With Murder is considered a shoo-in for a second-season renewal. On the feature film front, the actress also co-stars opposite Jennifer Lopez in the drama Lila & Eve, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January.