TheWrap is exclusively reporting that Michael Rooker is in talks with Warner Bros. to join the cast of the upcoming DC film The Suicide Squad.
The 2016 film, directed by David Ayer, followed villains such as Deadshot, Harley Quinn, the Joker, Captain Boomerang and Killer Croc, who are forced into the service of the government in exchange for lighter sentences. While the film was met with mixed reception critically, it would end up making $745m worldwide on its $175m budget.
In October of last year it was reported that James Gunn, after his firing from Guardians of the Galaxy 3 that summer over tweets from 2008 and 2009 resurfaced in which he made insensitive and controversial jokes, was brought on board by Warner Bros. to write the script for the Suicide Squad sequel.
Whilst plot details are being kept secret at the moment for the film, it’s believed that the new Suicide Squad will focus on characters such as Ratcatcher, Peacemaker, King Shark and Polka-Dot Man.
The report states that Michael Rooker (whose credits include Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and The Belko Experiment) is in talks to potentially play the role of King Shark, a humanoid shark and the son of Chondrakha, the God of all Sharks, that has appeared in DC Comics since 1994 and was created by Karl Kesel.
The Suicide Squad is scheduled for cinematic release on the 6th August 2021.