There's finally more to report on the cast of Birds of Prey than rumours and “Margot Robbie returns as Harley Quinn”.
Deadline confirms that Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jurnee Smollett-Bell have emerged victorious from the competitive casting process; both have signed on for the Cathy Yan-directed DC film. Margot Robbie, of course, previously played breakout character Harley Quinn in 2016's Suicide Squad.
There are several versions of Huntress, aka Helena Bertinelli, throughout DC Comics, but the “Birds of Prey” version is a former mafia princess who was devastated at a young age when her family was killed in a mob hit, turning her into a vigilante and eventually leading her to join the Birds of Prey team. Black Canary, aka Dinah Lance, is a good-natured and idealistic streetfighter in the comics.
Still as-yet-undetermined, according to Deadline, is who will play Rene Montoya, a Gotham City police detective. It’s apparently down to Justina Machado and Roberta Colindrez. We’ve heard DC’s Cassandra Cain could play a part a well, though there have been no casting announcements regarding this character.
Birds of Prey, with a story from Christina Hodson, is due out in the US 7 February 2020.