Taika Waititi In Talks To Appear In James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad

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We could all use more Taika Waititi in our lives.

While the director is working on his own films, including the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder, it looks like he plans to appear in a DC project from fellow MCU director, James Gunn.

According to Variety, Waititi is in negotiations for Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, which is a soft reboot of 2016’s Suicide Squad. At this time, Warner Bros has no comment on Waititi’s potential casting. Waititi, in addition to directing, has also acted in films like What We Do In Shadows and his own upcoming project Jojo Rabbit.

If Waititi joins the cast, then he will join fellow newcomers Idris Elba, John Cena, David Dastmalchian and Daniela Melchior in their mystery roles. Returning from the 2016 film, which was directed by David Ayer, are Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney and Viola Davis.

The franchise follows supervillains who are recruited to participate in secret missions for the government. If they try to deviate or run, then they will die.

While the 2016 film was not a critical success (though to be fair not a lot of the early DCEU films are), it did prove popular with audiences earning $746.8 million worldwide.

Meanwhile, Gunn has clarified that the title of his film is NOT Suicide Squad 2, but The Suicide Squad. There have been scams involving the upcoming project and the director took to Twitter to forewarn fans.

He wrote: “Not only is the title ‘Suicide Squad 2’ not the title of our film, if there is EVER an extras casting notice for ANY film of mine (& most large films) that lists a real title or any actors in the film, it is almost certainly a FAKE: a scam meant to take your money. Be careful!”

Previously, producer Peter Safran also clarified that the film is not a sequel to the 2016 project. He told Comicbook.com

“It’s called The Suicide Squad. It’s not Suicide Squad 2. It is not a sequel. I will leave that alone but, yes, it’s called The Suicide Squad.”

The Suicide Squad will hit theatres on August 6, 2021.

Bec Heim