‘Birds Of Prey’ Casting: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Justina Machado Testing To Come Onboard
After wrapping up Wonder Woman 1984 and rolling cameras on Joker, Warner Brothers are trying its best to make its upcoming DC Comics adaptation Birds Of Prey one of the most spectacular projects to ever come out of its stable. After roping in Margot Robbie as the anti-heroine Harley Quinn, the makers are now looking at locking the rest of the cast for the much-anticipated feature project as soon as possible. The latest we hear that talks are on with Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Justina Machado for the roles of Black Canary and Huntress, among others.
According to a leading Hollywood entertainment website, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who headlined Belle (2013), and Jurnee Smollett-Bell, who won hearts with her sterling performance on the critically acclaimed WGN series Underground, are in the running for the role of Black Canary. Actress Janelle Monae is also being considered for the film, but it is unclear for which role.
For the role of Huntress, we hear that Margaret Qualley, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Cristin Milioti have tested or read the script. Justina Machado has tested for the role of Renee Montoya. Roberta Colindrez has also tested for the character, a lesbian detective on the Gotham City police force.
Warner Brothers are also looking to fill the character of Cassandra Cain, but there is going to be a big twist. In the comics, Cain is a mute assassin who was at one time Batgirl. The studio is planning to remold the character as a 12-year-old. They are also looking at casting an Asian actress to play the part.
Birds Of Prey, which goes on floors at the beginning of 2019, will be helmed by Cathy Yan while Robbie is producing it along with Sue Kroll and Bryan Unkeless. Several projects are in development at WB, but if we take the diverse casting of Birds Of Prey into consideration, this surely seems to be a project to look forward to.