Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Birds of Prey: Actresses Testing For Roles

Birds of Prey: Actresses Testing For Roles

Gugu Mbatha-Raw (A Wrinkle In Time), Jurnee Smolett-Bell (Underground), and Janelle Monae have all been considered for the role of Black Canary.

Margot Robbie is scheduled to reprise her Suicide Squad role as Harley Quinn for the film, which will reportedly pit the all-female team against Batman villain Black Mask.

Filming is set to start next year directed by Cathy Yan under the working title "Fox Force Five", which is a reference to a television show in Pulp Fiction that never made it past its pilot episode and starred Mia Wallace, who refers to the show as her "fifteen minutes".

Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on Birds of Prey and the future of DC Films as we learn it. Black Canary was most recently played on the screen by Juliana Harkavy on The CW's Arrow.

Reports have it that Mary Elizabeth Winstead (10 Cloverfield Lane), Cristin Milioti (Black Mirror), Sofia Boutella (The Mummy), and Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers) are all in consideration for the role of Huntress (aka Helena Bertinelli), who, in the comics becomes a vigilante super-hero whose goal is eliminating mob activity. Like the modern version of fellow DC Comics character Batwoman, also known as Kate Kane, Renee is a lesbian. Montoya is a great character - she had a reoccurring role on the Batman animated series, and a prominent arc in the fantastic comic series Gotham Central.

Justina Machado (One Day at a Time) and Roberta Colindrez (Vida) both tested for Renee Montoya, a detective in Gotham City. Warner reportedly looking to cast an Asian actress as Cassandra, one of the many characters to have slipped into the Batgirl suit and who now goes by the moniker Orphan. THR doesn't mention a specific actress as having read for the character, but adds: "The studio is seeking to remold the character as a 12-year-old and is looking for an Asian actress for the part". Warner Bros. reportedly intends to decide on the castings in the next two weeks. More on the potential Birds of Prey cast below.

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