Six Stars Announced for Suicide Squad - But Jesse Eisenberg Isn't One of Them
Warner Bros. dropped a huge bomb last night: a completely star-studded cast for the anticipated supervillain/antihero mash-up, Suicide Squad. Jared Leto will play the Joker, Tom Hardy will play Squad leader Rick Flag, Will Smith will play Deadshot, Margot Robbie will play Harley Quinn, Cara Delevingne will play Enchantress, and Divergent and Terminator: Genisys star Jai Courtney will play Boomerang.
It was previously reported that Jesse Eisenberg would reprise his role as Lex Luthor in Suicide Squad, but as of now he is "not a part of the official team, nor a part of the official cast," according to The Hollywood Reporter. This doesn't rule out a cameo or smaller role, but it certainly looks like he won't be a part of the Squad itself.
Jared Leto seems like a great choice for the Joker; anyone would have trouble filling Heath Ledger's legendary shoes, so choosing such an accomplished actor who's just coming off an Oscar win is a canny choice. Some will likely be miffed that Tom Hardy is playing another DC Comics character after his turn as Bane, but I personally loved that performance, and think he's a perfect choice to play the militaristic Squad leader. (Both actors were also rumored for Dr. Strange, incidentally, but that seems less likely now.) Will Smith is no stranger to playing action heroes, and I'll reserve judgment on the others, who aren't as well-known, but it's definitely a sign of progress that of the six cast members, half are women or people of color.
The film has yet to cast one major role: overseer Amanda Waller, who has a similar role to Nick Fury in the Marvel universe. In even more exciting news, according to Variety, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and Oprah Winfrey are all on the shortlist for the role.