Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn just got some new friends. Variety reports that Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jurnee Smollett-Bell have been cast in the DC property Birds of Prey, which is Harley’s girl-gang spinoff from Suicide Squad. Winstead will play Huntress, real name Helena Bertinelli, a woman born into a Gotham mob family but who turned vigilante to avenge their murders. Smollett-Bell, meanwhile, will play a character quite the opposite of Huntress, Black Canary (a.k.a. Dinah Lace), who was raised in a family of crime-fighters and entered the family trade as an adult. Together with Harley they will take on a Gotham crime lord who has not yet been identified. Christina Hodson penned the Birds of Prey script, and the movie — scheduled to arrive in 2020 — is being directed by Cathy Yan. If these casting choices are indicative of the filmmaking team’s creative direction, it feels like we can truly dare to be excited.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead (left); Jurnee Smollett-Bell (right). Photo: Getty Images