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Birds of Prey circling newcomer Ella Jay Basco for role of Cassandra Cain

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Feb 26, 2020, 3:48 PM EST (Updated)

Cathy Yan's live-action Birds of Prey movie is close to casting its Cassandra Cain. According to a report from Variety, Warner Bros. is circling newcomer Ella Jay Basco for the role. 

Should she get the part, Basco would be joining a cast of heavy hitters like Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Huntress), Jurnee Smollett-Bell (Black Canary), Rosie Perez (Renee Montoya), and Ewan McGregor (Black Mask). 

The plot will revolve around Quinn, Huntress, and Canary teaming up to protect Cain's character, a young girl, after she comes into possession of a diamond belonging to Black Mask, a dangerous crime lord in Gotham City. 

Basco's screen credits so far include roles in shows like Veep, Superior Donuts, Happyland, and Grey's Anatomy. As her involvement with mainstream projects only goes back to 2013, a major turn in Birds of Prey could turn her into a major screen presence. You can see Basco at work in her own acting reel below...

First introduced in 1999, Cassandra Cain took on the mantle of Batgirl after serving as a faithful informant to Barbara Gordon's Oracle, the title Gordon assumed after the Joker paralyzed her. It also helps that Cain saved the life of Commissioner Gordon.

Batman soon discovers the dark past of his newly-acquired protegee. Raised by assassins, Cassandra was not allowed to speak or form relationships with other people in any way as a child, so that she would put all of her focus into becoming the perfect killing machine. As such, she can only communicate via her hands or illustrations. Despite her deadly fighting skills, she cannot read, write, or socialize.

It is unclear at this point if we'll see Cain turn into Batgirl in the DCEU, as the studio is already working on the Barbara Gordon-focused Batgirl project vacated by Joss Whedon not too long ago. Birds of Prey screenwriter Christina Hodson (Bumblebee) is working on that script, too.

Birds of Prey pecks its way into theaters Feb. 7, 2020. 

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