James Gunn, director of The Suicide Squad, says he doesn't think he's seen anyone on the internet correctly guess who Idris Elba plays
James Gunn, director of The Suicide Squad, has said that he doesn't think he's seen anyone on the internet correctly guess who Idris Elba plays in the film. Gunn and the cast of The Suicide Squad, including Elba, will participate in a special panel about the film at today's DC FanDome, where the first trailer for the film is expected to be released, as well as confirming who the new cast members will be. .
The Suicide Squad is a continuation of the 2016 film directed by David Ayer. That film received very bad reviews despite doing a good box office. As a result, an already planned direct sequel was scrapped and Ayer dropped out of the project to be replaced by James Gunn, who wrote an entirely new script. Elba was hired, initially to replace Will Smith as Deadshot, but was later switched to a new character who has yet to be named. There has been a lot of speculation about who will be playing Elba, with many speculating that a recent video wishing Gunn a happy birthday hinted that he would be playing Bronze Tiger. However, according to Gunn, that is not correct.
Gunn was responding to a tweet from Elba, in which the actor says he's looking forward to the DC FanDome, and that he might even tell the audience who he's playing, jokingly referring to the fact that the characters will be announced during the panel. Gunn responds that the funniest part of it all is that, despite rampant speculation, no one on the internet has managed to correctly guess which character Elba will play. You can see the tweets below.
Been looking forward to this! Might even reveal who I'm playing….
– Idris Elba (@idriselba) August 21, 2020
Of course, Gunn could be saying it to confuse people, while at the same time generating buzz for tomorrow's panel, but he may well be telling the truth. Either way, it makes today's Suicide Squad panel an even more appealing prospect, given that there might be a surprise announcement when it comes to the character of Elba. What's equally illuminating is that Gunn doesn't mention any other characters, which means speculation that John Cena is playing Peacemaker is more likely to be true.
Of course, it's not just Elba and Cena whose characters will be revealed today. Gunn hired a host of new actors to star in The Suicide Squad alongside returning characters like Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn, Joel Kinnaman's Rick Flag, Viola Davis's Amanda Waller, and Jai Courtney's Boomerang. The new cast also includes David Dastmalchian, Storm Reid, Flula Borg, Nathan Fillion, Peter Capaldi, Pete Davidson, Alice Braga, Sean Gunn, Michael Rooker, and Taika Waititi.
And while some of his characters are confirmed, such as Dastmalchian as Polka-Dot Man, most of his roles remain a secret. Today we finally hope that the mystery is revealed on The Suicide Squad panel at the DC FanDome event that is shaping up to be a must see.
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