Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jurnee Smollett-Bell have been confirmed for major roles in BIRDS OF PREY movie.
We had yet to post the confirmed casting on the upcoming Birds of Prey movie when the rumor that both Ewan McGregor and Sharlto Copley have been added to the short list to play villain Roman Sionis (aka Black Mask) after Sam Rockwell passed on the part.
Casting is currently looking for someone with ‘loveable rogue qualities’ for the role.
Already on the cast list is Margot Robbie reprising her role as Harley Quinn, whom she played in DC’s Suicide Squad. Warner Bros. also announced Wednesday that after several screen tests, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jurnee Smollett-Bell are now officially joining Robbie in the Birds of Prey spinoff as Huntress and Black Canary. According to The Hollywood Reporter, other actresses that were vying for parts were Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Janelle Monae for Black Canary, and Margaret Qualley and Christin Milioti for Huntress. The key roles of Renee Montoya and Cassandra Cain have yet to be cast.
With the movie slated to open on February 7th 2020, there’s still time. With Cathy Yan (Dead Pigs) at the helm, Birds of Prey is well on its way to pre-production.
Based on the comics, Birds of Prey, this film will tell the story of a group of female heroes and anti-heroes who team up to fight crime. The film is scheduled to start shooting early next year.
Birds of Prey joins a number of already-in-the-works DC projects. Jason Momoa’s Aquaman will hit theaters in December and Wonder Woman 1984 is slated for November. Not to mention there’s also Zachary Levi’s Shazam! next spring and production’s just started Todd Philips’ Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix, which is scheduled to come out October 4, 2019.