Viola Davis says she's 'fascinated' by Amanda Waller

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Jan 7, 2015, 5:18 PM EST

Although she has not been officially cast in the role yet, actress Viola Davis is already thinking about Suicide Squad's Amanda Waller.

It was reported last month that Davis was likely going to play the government agent in charge of the Suicide Squad in the movie of the same name, and Davis more or less confirmed to Nerd Report that the part was hers -- depending on her schedule. Asked whether she had begun reading any comics yet for research, Davis replied, "Not yet. I have not started reading them yet. I’ve read up about her but I’m working out my schedule for Suicide Squad.”

From whatever reading she's done, however, Davis seems to already be savoring the chance to play Waller:

"I’m fascinated by her. I’m fascinated by her in this world of superhero-ness because she is not a woman that you would expect. I think that she is a massive contradiction. She’s this big powerful black woman, hard, ready to pick up a gun and shoot anyone at will. I’m fascinated in exploring her psychology, just put it that way. And I’m excited to pick up a gun."

Waller is an iconic DC Comics character, having shown up in films and TV, both animated and live-action, where the role has been handled by actresses such as C.C.H. Pounder, Pam Grier and Angela Bassett (we last saw her in 2013 played by Cynthia Addai-Robinson on the second season of Arrow, and in 2014 voiced by Pounder in the animated Batman: Assault on Arkham). Davis is a great choice for the next incarnation of Waller, and we're looking forward to seeing her in the role -- schedule permitting.

Suicide Squad, written and directed by David Ayer and starring Will Smith as Deadshot, Jared Leto as the Joker, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Tom Hardy as Rick Flag and Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, will be released Aug. 5, 2016.