Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi is in discussions to play a role in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad. That’s according to a report from Deadline, which states that he’s in discussions but doesn’t have any information on the part he’ll play.
The New Zealand movie-maker has strong acting chops, as he was memorably hilarious as Viago in his own 2014 movie What We Do in the Shadows. He also played the scene-stealing Korg in Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Endgame.
According to Deadline, there is a table read for The Suicide Squad scheduled for September 11, with production on the film expected to begin on September 23. The movie hits theatres on August 6, 2021.
Waititi is certainly keeping busy. In 2019 so far, Waititi reprised his role as Viago in the What We Do in the Shadows TV series this year, while he also plays Adolf Hitler in his own movie, Jojo Rabbit, which is scheduled to premiere in September. Additionally, he directed an episode of the Star Wars TV show The Mandalorian that is set to premiere in 2019. It was announced at San Diego Comic-Con this year that Waititi will come back to direct the next Thor movie, Love and Thunder, which is due in 2021.
This news about Waititi joining The Suicide Squad comes not long after it was also reported that Nathan Fillion was also cast for a role in the DC action movie.
The new Suicide Squad movie is a “total reboot,” and not a sequel to David Ayer’s 2016 film. Gunn wrote the script and will direct the movie. He reportedly signed on to the movie in the midst of his fallout with Disney, though Gunn has since been re-instated to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
The new movie stars a number of actors from the original, including Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, in addition to newcomers like Idris Elda, David Dastmalchian, and Steve Agee.