We have word that another new cast member is being eyed for a role in James Gunn's The Suicide Squad. Warner Bros. and Gunn have reportedly set their sights on up-and-coming actress Storm Reid, who is being targeted for a key role in the upcoming DC adaptation, which is gearing up to begin filming this fall. Reid will join a cast that includes several returning members, as well as a handful of key new additions.
According to a new report, Storm Reid, should the deal close, will play the daughter of Idris Elba's character. It still hasn't been officially revealed who Elba will be playing. Originally, the actor was brought in to possibly replace Will Smith as Deadshot, who was a key part of the first movie. However, Smith's schedule was going to prevent him from reprising his role. Out of respect for Smith, it was decided that Elba will play a different character and that the script would be tweaked in order to accommodate that. There have been rumors, albeit highly unbelievable ones, that he's playing Deadshot, and more believable reports suggesting he's going to play Bronze Tiger.
Either way, it will make sense for the character to have a daughter, since Deadshot had one and there will need to be parallels, given that Deadshot is being swapped out. As for Storm Reid, she's really been on the rise over the past few years, but she's been acting since she was a child. Reid previously starred in movies such as 12 Years a Slave and was featured as the lead of Ava DuVernay's A Wrinkle in Time. She's also set to star in Blumhouse's remake of The Invisible Man. Currently, she stars on HBO's Euphoria.
The rest of the cast, so far, includes returning members Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang and Margot Robbie, who is expected to reprise her role as Harley Quinn. The new members of the group include David Dastmalchian (Ant-Man and the Wasp) as Polka Dot Man, Daniela Melchior (The Black Book) as Ratcatcher, John Cena (Blockers) as Peacemaker and Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) as King Shark.
Director David Ayer's Suicide Squad was released in 2016 and, though very commercially successful, having grossed nearly $750 million worldwide, it was largely rejected by critics. At one point, it was stated that James Gunn was going to do a total reboot, but that seems to not be the case, given the returning cast members. Though, it does seem like he's very much going to take the series in a new direction. The Suicide Squad is currently set to arrive in theaters on August 6, 2021. We'll be sure to keep you posted as any further details on the project are made available. This news was first reported by The Wrap.