Suicide Squad: Viola Davis added as Amanda Waller
The Suicide Squad cast just got one-member actor bigger, and it’s another fantastic option. If you missed all of the red-carpet interviews during the 2015 Oscars, you may have missed that Viola Davis confirmed with etalk that she will be playing Amanda Waller in the upcoming film.
Waller is usually the top-secret government agent that leads the Suicide Squad. She has been given the code name/nickname “The Wall” in the past, mostly for her no-nonsense attitude while pushing around the most dangerous criminals in the DC Universe.
In the TV series Arrow, on the CW network, Cynthia Addai-Robinson plays the role of Amanda Waller. David Ayer (“Fury”) is directing the new film, set to star two-time Oscar nominee Will Smith (“The Pursuit of Happyness,” “Ali,” upcoming “Focus”) as Deadshot; Tom Hardy (“The Dark Knight Rises,” upcoming “Mad Max: Fury Road”) as Rick Flagg; Margot Robbie (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” upcoming “Focus,” the “Tarzan” movie) as Harley Quinn and Oscar winner Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club,” “Alexander”) as the Joker. Also featured in the film are Jai Courtney (“Divergent,” upcoming “The Water Diviner”) as Boomerang; and Cara Delevingne (“Anna Karenina,” upcoming “Pan”) as Enchantress.
In making the announcement, Silverman said, “The Warner Bros. roots are deep on this one. David Ayer returns to the studio where he wrote ‘Training Day’ and brings his incredible ability to craft multidimensional villains to this iconic DC property with a cast of longtime Warner collaborators Will Smith and Tom Hardy, and other new and returning favorites: Margot, Jared, Jai and Cara. We look forward to seeing this terrific ensemble, under Ayer’s amazing guidance, give new meaning to what it means to be a villain and what it means to be a hero.”
Ayer is also writing the script for “Suicide Squad,” which is being produced by Charles Roven (“The Dark Knight” trilogy, upcoming “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”) and Richard Suckle (“American Hustle”). Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Colin Wilson and Geoff Johns are serving as executive producers.
The film is slated for release on August 5, 2016.