As momentum grows for Suicide Squad, the film has now added an accomplished film and TV actress to the cast.
Latino Review reported on Tuesday that Viola Davis, who was nominated for Oscars for her roles in Doubt and The Help, has signed on to play Amanda Waller in Suicide Squad. The actress is currently starring on the hit TV show, How To Get Away With Murder.
In the comics, Amanda Waller is a former congressional aide and government agent often placed in charge of the Suicide Squad, a semi-secret government-run group of former supervillains working in return for amnesty.
According to the site, the key here is that the role is hers provided that the filmmakers can work out her TV schedule, which will be no small feat considering how big of a hit How To Get Away With Murder is.
It would seem likely that Davis would be able to work around the television schedule, and getting her is big for the movie. The role seems to be perfectly suited for her and the actress now joins a very promising superhero movie that could be a big hit for the new DC shared universe.
The role was originally being pitched to Oprah Winfrey, but many found that to be too far-fetched and that Davis seemed like a more logical fit.
Suicide Squad also stars Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevingne, and Jared Leto. The film is directed by David Ayer and is expected to hit theaters on Aug. 5, 2016.