“A Wrinkle in Time” headliner Storm Reid is being eyed to star as the daughter of Idris Elba’s character in James Gunn’s sequel to 2016’s “Suicide Squad,” multiple individuals with knowledge of the project exclusively tell TheWrap. Although there is currently no deal in place, Reid is the top contender for the role.
Details about the role are being kept under wraps. The film, which is also called “Suicide Squad,” will hit theaters on Aug. 6, 2021. Peter Safran and Charles Roven are producing.
Gunn, who directed “Guardians of the Galaxy,” was brought on board to helm the project. He also wrote the script and will have a completely new take on the property in which DC supervillains are recruited by the government to carry out secret missions too dirty for the likes of Superman and Batman.
The first “Suicide Squad” grossed $325 million domestically and almost $750 million worldwide, although it was mostly panned by critics. It was directed and written by David Ayer and starred Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Jared Leto, Ezra Miller, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Cara Delevingne and Joel Kinnaman. As first reported by TheWrap, Oscar, Tony and Emmy winner Davis will return as Amanda Waller in the sequel.
Next up, Reid will star in Universal/Blumhouse’s “The Invisible Man” opposite Elisabeth Moss, which is set to hit theaters March 13, 2020. Reid’s other credits include Best Picture Oscar winner “12 Years a Slave,” Netflix limited series “When They See Us” and HBO series “Euphoria.”
Reid is repped by CAA, Management 360 and Felker Toczek.
Reps for both Reid and Warner Brothers declined to comment.
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