Margot Robbie’s upcoming Birds Of Prey movie has been given an official release date.
Warner Bros revealed yesterday, (September 24) the official release date for Bids of Prey is February 7, 2020. The DC movie will see the return of Robbie’s Harley Quinn character from Suicide Squad.
Robbie will also be hard at work behind the scenes, as she’s a producer for the Gotham City-based film.
Cathy Yan is directing the movie, and the studio have reportedly been testing actors to fill the roles of Black Canary and Huntress.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Janelle Monae are all in the running to play Black Canary, while Margaret Qualley, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Cristin Milioti are in line for Huntress.
The studio is also looking for actors who’ll bring to life the characters Renee Montoya and Cassandra Cain, DC Comics’ fourth Batgirl.
The actresses who've tested opposite Margot Robbie for Birds of Prey are Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Margaret Qualley, Cristin Milioti and Jurnee Smolett-Bell pic.twitter.com/XsbFaDtaK1
— Fandango (@Fandango) September 24, 2018
Collider report Robbie has spoken in the past about her plans for the upcoming movie, explaining the desire for seeing a girl gang hit the screen.
I pitched the idea of an R-rated girl gang film including Harley, because I was like, ‘Harley needs friends.’
Harley loves interacting with people, so don’t ever make her do a standalone film.
She’s got to be with other people, it should be a girl gang. I wasn’t seeing enough girl gangs on screen, especially in the action space. So that was always a big part of it.
Harley Quinn will be challenged by Black Mask, who’s been confirmed as the film’s villain.
In an interview with The Washington Post, Robbie explained how she was unaware of how big Harley Quinn’s fanbase was.
I wasn’t familiar with the comics. I had vaguely heard of them, but I had no idea that there was such a big fan-base for Harley. I knew that it would be a big responsibility to do the character justice and satisfy the fans.
Robbie’s portrayal of Harley Quinn has got many people excited about the upcoming movie, with hopeful fans taking to social media to express their love for both the actor and character.
One person wrote:
i willingly saw suicide squad twice in theaters just bc of margot robbie and ill do it again for birds of prey [sic]
Oh damn. Mary Elizabeth Winstead & Gugu Mbatha-Raw are testing for the BIRDS OF PREY film with Margot Robbie. [sic]
I am really loving the direction this film is going. It was only a matter of time these CLOVERFIELD ladies would get a huge DC film too. Let’s go. #BirdsofPrey [sic]
i willingly saw suicide squad twice in theaters just bc of margot robbie and ill do it again for birds of prey
— hellblade (@b00pg00p) September 25, 2018
Oh damn. Mary Elizabeth Winstead & Gugu Mbatha-Raw are testing for the BIRDS OF PREY film with Margot Robbie.
I am really loving the direction this film is going. It was only a matter of time these CLOVERFIELD ladies would get a huge DC film too. Let's go. #BirdsofPrey
— Jesabel (@JesabelRaay) September 20, 2018
Another Twitter user complimented Robbie for seeing the project through despite the criticism Suicide Squad received:
Can I just say how cool I think it is that Margot Robbie hasn’t given up on Harley Quinn or the #DCEU even w/ how much criticism #SuicideSquad got. Kudos! [sic]
Birds of Prey, the Harley Quinn spin-off has an official release date of Feb. 7, 2020 according to @THR.
— André Hutchens (@ac_hutchens) September 24, 2018
Bring on 2020!
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