Mary Elizabeth Winstead & Jurnee Smollett-Bell Cast In ‘Birds Of Prey’ | Film News
With Margot Robbie already on board reprising her role as Harley Quinn in Birds Of Prey, for months talk has revolved around who will join her in the other major superhero roles, most notably Huntress and Black Canary. Those questions have been answered, as Variety reports that Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jurnee Smollett-Bell have been cast in the roles, respectively.
Huntress, aka Helena Bertinelli, is a former mafia princess whose life changed when her family was killed in a mob hit when she was young, turning her into a vigilante and eventually leading her to join the Birds Of Prey team. Black Canary, aka Dinah Lance, is portrayed as an idealistic and and good-natured streetfighter in the comics.
Both characters have previously appeared on the TV series Arrow, but this is the first time they will appear in a live-action feature film. Cathy Yan is set to direct the film, which will focus on the team of superheroes battling the Gotham crime lord, Black Mask.
Both of these casting decisions are great ones. Winstead has already established herself as a formidable actress in multiple genres, while Smollett-Bell has been waiting for a breakout role like this after spending much of the past decade in disparate roles on TV shows such as True Blood, Friday Night Lights, and Underground.
Both actresses hopefully, like Robbie, take the role and put their own spin on it, as the comics present multiple versions of both Huntress and Black Canary over the years and should give them plenty of material to build from.
Birds Of Prey is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated comic book movies, and it’s currently scheduled to hit cinemas February 7, 2020.
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