‘The Suicide Squad’ Sees More Returning Cast Members
After an initial report suggesting that only a few cast members from the first Suicide Squad would be returning, it seems like most of the cast from the first film will appear in the second for writer-director James Gunn’s reinvented sequel to the franchise. Viola Davis has officially confirmed that she’ll be returning as Amanda Waller, and another cast member from the original film is also suggested to be making a comeback.
In a new article from The Wrap, sources were able to confirm that Davis will be back in the sequel to 2016’s hit supervillain movie, which was somewhat to be expected. Her character, Waller, is consistently the mission control for Task Force X, the Suicide Squad team. Believing that they’re able to do some good (or at least “good” as defined by several shadowy American bureaucrats), she offers the team reduced sentences if they survive targeted suicide missions that depend on their abilities to complete, and she’s also a master manipulator who is able to weasel herself out of getting into legal hot water whenever her team of psychopaths strays from their mission goals.
But Davis isn’t the only cast member returning from the first film, if reports are to be believed. DiscussingFilm have been able to confirm that Joel Kinnaman’s Rick Flag will appear in the movie. Flag is typically the token government agent working on the team who is there to make sure that things are in a manageable state in the typical SNAFU scenarios that the team find themselves in. While it was not reported that Kinnaman would be circling the project, his involvement likely means that other characters from the first movie may appear in some capacity, where they’ll be joined by new cast members playing characters like King Shark, Peacemaker, Ratcatcher, and Polka-Dot Man.
The news of both Davis and Kinnaman returning come right around the same time that it was confirmed that Idris Elba would be portraying a new character and not replacing Will Smith as Deadshot. It initially appeared as though barely anyone from the first Suicide Squad movie would be returning from the sequel in order to emphasize the franchise’s tendency to have a rotating cast, but now it appears as if DC are having their cake and eating it too – at least some of the original cast will be returning to help usher in some of the new characters and explain the absences of others. Aside from Davis and Kinnaman, Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn and Jai Courtney’s Captain Boomerang are expected to return.
The Suicide Squad is set to release on August 6, 2021.
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