Warner Bros.' Birds of Prey film is adding to its girl gang with a pair of DC Comics superheroes. Variety reports that Jurnee Smollett-Bell (True Blood and the upcoming Lovecraft Country) and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (10 Cloverfield Lane, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) have joined the cast of the upcoming team-up film as Black Canary and Huntress, respectively.
Both actress were reportedly up for roles in the film as recently as last week, and now it seems they've won their respective parts.
Huntress, a prominent Gotham City heroine in the comics, has been through many incarnations through the history of the DC universe, but this particular version will be Helena Bertinelli, a "mafia princess" who seeks vengeance after her family is killed as part of a mob hit, ultimately becoming a vigilante. That sticks pretty closely to the current Rebirth incarnation of the character, which makes sense for DC in terms of syngery. Black Canary, aka Dinah Lance, is described as a "good-natured" character with skills as a "streetfighter." Both are key members of various incarnations of the Birds of Prey comic book team.
Previous reports have indicated that Warner Bros. will be on the hunt for at least two more members of the team to joing the film: Cassandra Cain (a former Batgirl currently calling herself Orphan in the comics) and Renee Montoya (a Gotham City police detective who has also served as The Question). The film's key star so far has been Margot Robbie, who will reprise her role as Harley Quinn for the film and also serve as a producer after being a driving force in getting the project rolling. The rumored villain is Gotham City underworld kingpin Black Mask, but if he's not the ultimate Big Bad, it will still reportedly be some kind of underworld leader. Cathy Yan (Dead Pigs) will direct from a script by Christina Hodson (Bumblebee).
Birds of Prey is set to be the next major DC Extended Universe team-up movie, hitting theaters February 7, 2020. What do you think of the casting choices?