Margot Robbie will reprise her role as Harley Quinn in Warner Brothers’ ‘Birds of Prey’ about an all-female strike force that battles evil. That evil will be embodied by the Batman villain, Black Mask. But who will join her? The script reportedly includes Black Canary, The Huntress and Renee Montoya, entrusted with protecting Cassandra Cain, who, at one point, served as Batgirl.
It was reported that Alexandra Daddario was the top choice to play Huntress, but she now appears to have landed a role on the DC TV series ‘Doom Patrol’. Instead, here is a list of potential candidates to star in ‘Birds of Prey’. Peyton Elizabeth Lee is said to be the top choice to play Cassandra Cain.
For the role of Black Canary, WB is said to be considering Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Jurnee Smollett-Bell. Mbatha-Raw is best known for her leading role in the movie ‘Belle’, but she has since appeared in ‘Jupiter Ascending’, ‘Free State of Jones’, ‘Beauty and the Beast’, ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ and ‘A Wrinkle in Time’, as well as the “San Junipero” episode of ‘Black Mirror’.
Smollett-Bell has a starring role in the upcoming horror series ‘Lovecraft Country’. As a child, she starred on ‘Full House’ and ‘Hanging with Mr. Cooper’. More recently, she appeared on ‘Friday Night Lights’, ‘Parenthood’, ‘True Blood’, and ‘Underground’. She also voices Chrysta on ‘Sofia the First’.
Next up, for the role of The Huntress, WB is reportedly eyeing Sofia Boutella, Cristin Milioto, Margaret Qualley, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
Former Madonna backup dancer, Boutella is possibly the most recognizable person being considered. She has starred in ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’, ‘Star Trek Beyond’, ‘Atomic Blonde’, ‘The Mummy’ and ‘Fahrenheit 451’.
Like Mbatha-Raw, Cristin Milioto also starred in a popular episode of ‘Black Mirror’, ‘USS Callister’. She has also starred on ‘How I Met Your Mother’, ‘A to Z’, ‘Fargo’ and ‘The Mindy Project’ and she provides multiple voices for ‘The Venture Brothers.
Margaret Qualley starred on the series ‘The Leftovers’ and appeared in the movies ‘The Nice Guys’ and ‘Death Note’. She also has a role in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead starred in ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’, ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’, ‘The Spectacular Now’, and ’10 Cloverfield Lane’, as well as the TV series ‘Brain Dead’, ‘Mercy Street’ and ‘Fargo’.
Finally, we have the choices to play detective Renee Montoya. At one point, she served as a member of the Gotham City police department, before assuming the guise of The Question. But there’s been no mention of the Question, so she will most likely still be a detective in ‘Birds of Prey’.
The first person being considered for this role is Justina Machado, who stars on the Netflix series ‘One Day at a Time’, The CW’s ‘Jane the Virgin’ and provides the voice of Carmen on ‘Elena of Avalor’. She previously starred on ‘Six Feet Under’, ‘ER’, ‘Private Practice’, ‘Welcome to the Family’ and ‘Queen of the South’.
The second choice is Roberta Colindrez, who has some DC experience, having appeared in the pilot episode of ‘Gotham’. She starred on the Amazon series ‘I Love Dick’ and has appeared on ‘Girls’, ‘Unforgettable’, ‘The Good Fight’ and ‘The Deuce’. She stars as the lead of the indie movie ‘Ms. White Light’.
‘Birds of Prey’ will be directed by Cathy Yan, with a script by Christina Hodson. It does not yet have a release date.