Actor Sylvester Stallone will be joining the cast of The Suicide Squad, confirmed the movie’s director James Gunn on Sunday.
Gunn shared a photo of himself along with the actor on Instagram and wrote, “Always love working with my friend @officialslystallone & our work today on #TheSuicideSquad was no exception. Despite Sly being an iconic movie star, most people still don’t have any idea what an amazing actor this guy is.”
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Stallone, too, confirmed the news by sharing a screenshot of an article announcing his casting on Instagram and wrote, “Working with this incredible Director on this astounding project has made this an amazing year. I am a very lucky man to be surrounded by such talent.! #Warner Bros.”
Gunn had announced the cast and released an extended behind-the-scenes look of the movie during the DC FanDome virtual convention in August. Stallone will appear alongside the likes of Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena and Pete Davidson.
While Robbie will be reprising her role as Harley Quinn, Cena will play Peacemaker and Davidson will play Blackguard. Elba was initially cast to replace Will Smith, who played Deadshot, but was later cast as a new character, Bloodsport. Steve Agee will be playing the role of King Shark, the antagonist of the film.
The first film, Suicide Squad, was written and directed by David Ayer. Despite the movie grossing $756.8 million globally, it was considered a creative disappointment. In 2017, Gavin O’Connor was signed to write and direct the sequel, but he left in a year.
Gunn was signed in as the director of the sequel to Suicide Squad in 2018 after he was fired by Disney from directing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 for posting a series of tweets making light of rape and pedophilia. The movie is expected to release in theatres on August 6, 2021.