Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have been testing a number of actresses for the upcoming Birds of Prey movie, and the team is starting to fill.
Margot Robbie is set to reprise her role as Harley Quinn in the upcoming comic book adaptation, which will focus on a team of female superheroes. The group includes Huntress and Black Canary, two roles that have now been cast.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead (10 Cloverfield Lane, Death Proof, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) will be playing Huntress and Jurnee Smollett-Bell (True Blood, Underground, Friday Night Lights) is on board as Black Canary. While both Huntress and Black Canary appeared in The CW’s Arrowverse, this is to be the first time they’re featured in a live-action film.
As per Variety, the outlet that broke the casting news:
There are several versions of Huntress, aka Helena Bertinelli, throughout DC Comics. The “Birds of Prey” iteration is a former mafia princess who was devastated at a young age when her family was killed in a mob hit, turning her into a vigilante and eventually leading her to join the Birds of Prey team. Black Canary, aka Dinah Lance, is a good-natured and idealistic streetfighter in the comics.
We’ll see who else fills out the rest of the team. In the comics, the Bird of Prey team has seen a rotating roster of heroes, including Batgirl, Oracle, and Lady Blackhawk. Joss Whedon was attached to write and direct a Batgirl film, but his take on the character “crumbled“. The project is still alive though, with Bumblebee scribe Christina Hodson attached to write the script.
Robbie is also set to produce the film, which will be directed by newcomer Cathy Yan (Dead Pigs). As of now, Birds of Prey is scheduled to open in US cinemas on 7 February 2020.