Viola Davis Confirmed as Amanda Waller in ‘Suicide Squad’
Back in December, there were rumblings around Hollywood that Viola Davis had been cast as Amanda Waller in the Suicide Squad movie. She had apparently been so far into negotiations that the part was pretty much hers, although nothing was official at that point. But that was then, this is now.
Davis has now been confirmed as Amanda Waller in Suicide Squad, making the news official on the Oscar red carpet, of all places. In an interview with etalk that was posted on Twitter yesterday, we can see Davis reluctantly confirming the news, as if trying to make sure she isn’t breaching her contract by doing so:
— etalk (@etalkCTV) February 24, 2015
The character of Amanda Waller is analogous to Samuel L. Jackson’s role as Nick Fury in The Avengers, in that she’s responsible for bringing all our characters together. Waller is described as “a former congressional aide and government agent often placed in charge of the Suicide Squad, a semi-secret government-run group of former supervillains working in return for amnesty.”
Warner Bros. has yet to comment on the story, but if true, Davis would join a cast that includes Jared Leto as the Joker, Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Boomerang, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, and Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg, replacing Tom Hardy, who had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.
Suicide Squad, from director David Ayers, hits theaters on August 5, 2016.