AceShowbiz - Margot Robbie's "Birds of Prey" is slowly gathering its squad. The Harley Quinn spin-off is close to adding another actress to its cast line-up, with newcomer Ella Jay Basco in negotiations to tackle the last major role, Cassandra Cain, Variety reports.
In DC Comics, Cain is the daughter of assassins David Cain and Lady Shiva. She was deprived of speech and human contact during her childhood as conditioning to become the world's greatest assassin. She grew up to become an expert martial artist while simultaneously remaining mute. She befriends Bruce Wayne and eventually becomes Batgirl. It's unknown if Cain's Batgirl will be featured in "Birds of Prey" since Warner Bros. is already developing a separate "Batgirl" movie.
Robbie will reprise her "Suicide Squad" role as Harley Quinn, Mary Elizabeth Winstead has landed the role of Huntress, and Jurnee Smollett-Bell has been cast as Black Canary a.k.a. Dinah Lance. "The View" host Rosie Perez will portray Gotham City police detective Renee Montoya, with Ewan McGregor playing the film's villain Black Mask.
Cathy Yan ("Dead Pigs") is on board to direct the film, making her the first ever female Asian director to take charge of a superhero film. Christina Hodson ("Bumblebee") is writing the script, with Robbie, Sue Kroll and Bryan Unkeless producing.
The film "follows the adventures of a revolving group of female heroes and villains and is based on the DC Comics characters and concepts created by Jordan B. Gorfinkel and Chuck Dixon." In the upcoming movie, the female superheroes team up to protect Cain when she comes across a diamond belonging to Black Mask, a kingpin in Gotham City's criminal underworld.
"Birds of Prey" is set to be released on February 7, 2020.