Taika Waititi in blue jacket
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Is Korg the newest member of ‘The Suicide Squad’?  Well, maybe not quite, but Variety reports that Taika Waititi is in talks to join the cast of James Gunn‘s upcoming DC Comics movie.  Waititi directed the acclaimed hit ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ for DC’s biggest rival, Marvel, and is set to helm its sequel, ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’.  Waititi lent his voice to the CGI character Korg in ‘Ragnarok’, as well as in the biggest movie of all time, ‘Avengers: Endgame’.  He also voices IG-11, a bounty hunter droid in Disney+’s upcoming series ‘The Mandalorian’.  It wasn’t reported what role he was in talks to take on or if it was a live-action or voice performance.

He has acted in the flesh in a previous DC movie that isn’t connected to the current shared universe, as Thomas Kalmaku, Ryan Reynold’s roommate in the 2011 dud ‘Green Lantern’.  He has also appeared in the flesh in various projects, including his film ‘What We Do in the Shadows’.  He will also appear in his upcoming comedy ‘Jojo Rabbit’, as Adolf Hitler, the imaginary friend of a young German boy who discovers that his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their attic.  That film opens on November 18.

Waititi and Gunn could make a great combo, as Waititi’s ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ was clearly modeled after Gunn’s successful ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ films, at least in tone.  Jeff Goldblum, who appeared as the Grandmaster in ‘Ragnarok’, even made an uncredited cameo in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2’ during the closing credits.

It was just announced that actor/comedian Steve Agee had been cast to provide the voice for the character King Shark, who will probably be rendered in CGI.  The rest of the cast consists of Idris Elba in an undisclosed role, but that may be Bronze Tiger, Storm Reid as his daughter, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, David Dastmalchian as Polka-Dot Man, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher, and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn.  John Cena was reportedly in talks but his casting has not been confirmed.  He may be playing The Peacemaker.  It was also recently rumored that Nathan Fillion was in talks for an undisclosed role.  German comedian Flula Borg has also been cast in an undisclosed role.

‘The Suicide Squad’ is due in theaters on August 6, 2021.  Check back for updates as they become available.