Margot Robbie has reached a deal to play Harley Quinn in David Ayer's Suicide Squad film, according to Collider.
With just a few casting moves, the potential Suicide Squad being set up at Warner Bros. is starting to sound just as enticing – if not a little more intriguing – than the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice production that’s supposed to expand on the nascent DC Cinematic Universe. David Ayer is supposed to direct. Jared Leto might play The Joker. And Margot Robbie, of The Wolf of Wall Street, could have her sights set on playing the Joker’s maniacal soul mate, Harley Quinn.
Harley Quinn is actually Dr. Harleen Quinzel, an Arkham Asylum psychiatrist who became obsessed with The Joker while treating him. Ultimately, she took on a similar makeup job and became his assistant, engaging in a psychologically and sometimes physically-abusive relationship.
When Suicide Squad was formally announced by Warner Bros., studio executives hinted that there were four A-list stars in talks to appear in the film. Within hours, reports indicated that the stars were Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Ryan Gosling and Robbie.
Yesterday, word leaked that Gosling had withdrawn from contention, replaced by Jared Leto. That role, according to reports, is to be The Joker. At a convention this weekend, Jon Bernthal said he couldn't comment as to whether he had discussed a role with his Fury director Ayer.
Suicide Squad is due in theaters in 2016.