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As production on Wonder Woman 1984 winds down and cameras roll on Joker, Warner Bros. is gearing up to square away its next DC Comics adaptation to go before cameras. Next in line is Birds of Prey, a female-centric team-up movie anchored by Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, with Cathy Yan set to direct. Filming is aiming to begin at the beginning of 2019, and to that end Warner Bros. has begun testing actresses for key roles in the movie.
Per THR, Gugu Mbatha-Raw (The Cloverfield Paradox) and Jurnee Smolett-Bell (Friday Night Lights) are in the mix for the role of Black Canary, with Janelle Monae also said to be in the running—although it’s unclear if she’s actually tested. The character of Black Canary has traditionally been white in the comics, but Warner Bros. is looking to fill out the ensemble of Birds of Prey with diverse talent. Regardless of race, Mbatha-Raw and Smolett-Bell are two incredibly talented actresses and Monae showed tremendous promise in Moonlight, so any one of these performers would be a swell choice. Mbatha-Raw has held her own as the lead in films like Belle and the Black Mirror episode “San Junipero”, while Smolett-Bell recently lead the WGN series Underground and stars in the Jordan Peele-produced upcoming HBO series Lovecraft Country.
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