The Italian Stallion – Mr. Sylvester Stallone himself – has been announced officially as joining director James Gunn’s and Warner Bros/DC Comics tent-pole superhero flick The Suicide Squad.
James Gunn announced Stallone as joining the cast of the new film yesterday via the electronic marvel known as Instagram, saying “Always love working with my friend @officialslystallone & our work today on #TheSuicideSquad was no exception. Despite Sly being an iconic movie star, most people still don’t have any idea what an amazing actor this guy is.”
The Suicide Squad is meant to serve as a sequel proper for the David Ayer directed 2016 effort which starred Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto. The first film was titled simply enough Suicide Squad; the sequel has opted to pull a page from the aversion of putting a number behind a sequel playbook which has been popularized in recent years by other such hip movie cousins as Fast and Furious that have opted to eschew the words “Part Two” for fear that sequel fatigue will prevail among the movie-going public. So instead of Suicide Squad Part 2 we have simply The Suicide Squad. Clear? Good, because I need an aspirin.
Gunn has been on temporary hiatus from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (thankfully he is headed back to the good ol’ MCU even as we speak) and, in that time, signed a lucrative deal with WB to direct The Suicide Squad which, while serving as a follow-up to the original film, will also be based off of the classic comic book series from the 1980s written by comic book stalwart John Ostrander (The Spectre). Intriguingly enough, the director worked with Sylvester Stallone to good effect in his all-in sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, where Sly essayed a rogue by the name of Stakar Ogord, also known to friends as Starhawk.
Stallone himself confirmed his involvement with the DC Universe and James Gunn in an Instagram post: “Working with this incredible Director on this astounding project has made this an amazing year. I am a very lucky man to be surrounded by such talent!” At press time, there was no official word on which character the Oscar winning actor might be playing. His name will join cast members Robbie, Taika Waititi, Joel Kinnaman, Idris Elba, Nathan Fillon, Pete Davidson, Michael Rooker and a whole host of other talented thespians. Have fun duking out top billing, agents (my money for top of the marque is Robbie and Elba. Call it a hunch, Dear Readers.).
The Suicide Squad is tentatively scheduled to bow in theatres on August 6, 2021.