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Birds of Prey: WB Ramps Up Search For Film’s Lead Characters

Cropped still from Batgirl and The Birds of Prey comics

Birds of Prey: WB Ramps Up Search For Film’s Lead Characters

Now that Warner Bros. and DC Films’ much-awaited Birds of Prey has finally got a working title and a production start date, the search for the film’s lead characters have begun. The Margot Robbie-starring film is expected to begin filming on January 14, 2019, in Los Angeles. It will operate under the working title ‘Fox Force Five’.

While the official synopsis for Birds of Prey is not yet out, it is expected that the film will see Harley Quinn come together with three other female superheroes namely Black Canary, Huntress, and Renee Montoya to save the life of a little girl (Cassandra Cain) from an evil crime lord.

According to a report coming from The Hollywood Reporter, Gugu Mbatha-Raw (The Cloverfield Paradox), Jurnee Smollett-Bell (Underground), and Janelle Monae (Hidden Figures) are the three actresses being considered for the role of Black Canary.

Mbatha-Raw and Jurnee Smollett-Bell are the two main contenders who have been tested for the role of the sonic-screaming crimefighter. Monae is also said to be in the running, but, it’s unclear if she’s tested for the role.

The comic-book storyline traditionally depicts Black Canary as white, but, the THR report states that Warner Bros is looking to bring diverse talent to Birds of Prey’s version of the character.

For the role of Huntress, the studio has tested Mary Elizabeth Winstead (10 Cloverfield Lane), Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers), and Cristin Milioti (Black Mirror). Meanwhile, for Rene Montoya, the studio has reportedly tested Justina Machado (The Purge: Anarchy) and Roberta Colindrez (Vida).

There’s currently no information on who might play the role of the young assassin Cassandra Cain. As per the report, the studio is looking to turn the character in a 12-year-old and is seeking an Asian actor for the role.

WB is expected to take the final casting decisions within the next two weeks ahead of an early 2019 shooting start.

Cathy Yan has been attached to direct Birds of Prey from a script written by Christina Hodson. Margot Robbie is co-producing the film along with Sue Kroll and Bryan Unkeless. The film doesn’t have a release date attached yet.

Source: THR

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