It’s never been made official, at least not via a press release or anything of the like, but its been assumed that the rumored reports of Viola Davis‘ involvement in the upcoming DC Comics based film Suicide Squad, playing Amanda Waller, were a matter of fact.
Speaking with Nerd Report recently, the actress confirms that she will indeed playing the role of the Squad’s ringleader. Here’s what she had to say:
I’m fascinated by her. I’m fascinated by her in this world of superhero-ness because she is not a woman that you would expect. I think that she is a massive contradiction. She’s this big powerful black woman, hard, ready to pick up a gun and shoot anyone at will. I’m fascinated in exploring her psychology, just put it that way. And I’m excited to pick up a gun.
Davis states that she hasn’t begun researching the character in full as she’s still working on her schedule for the film, as such, it’s possible her role may not be particularly large given the actresses’ TV shooting demands for How To Get Away With Murder. Regardless, she’s another tremendous “get” for this star-studded cast.
Suicide Squad will be directed by David Ayer (Fury, End Of Watch) and also stars Tom Hardy, Will Smith, Margo Robbie, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney, and Cara Delevigne. The film will release on August 5, 2016.
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