Common joins Jared Leto, Will Smith in Warner Bros.’ ‘Suicide Squad’ movie

Eagerly-anticipated film follows a team of infamous DC Comics super-villains.

Common has landed a role in Suicide Squad, Warner Bros’ eagerly-anticipated film following a team of infamous DC Comics super-villains.

The rapper-actor joins a stellar ensemble cast that includes Jared Leto as The Joker, Will Smith as Deadshot, Jai Courtney as Boomerang, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and Cara Delevingne as Enchantress. Joel Kinnaman bagged the role of Rick Flag after a scheduling clash forced Tom Hardy to pull out of the film. Director David Ayer (Fury) recently shared the first picture of the cast.

Meanwhile, How To Get Away With Murder Star star Viola Davis will appear in a supporting role as Amanda Waller, a government agent who is often put in charge of the ‘suicide squad’, a team of super-villains working for the government in return for their freedom.

Director Ayer started shooting Suicide Squad in Toronto earlier this month (April), THR reports, and Warner Bros. has set a release date of August 5, 2016. Common’s role is currently unknown. The rapper-actor’s recent film appearances include Now You See Me, Run All Night and Selma. ‘Glory’, a track he wrote and recorded with John Legend for the Selma soundtrack, was named Best Original Song at the Academy Awards earlier this year (2015).

It has also been rumoured that Jesse Eisenberg will appear in Suicide Squad as Lex Luthor, the villainous role he takes on in next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, but this has yet to be confirmed by Warner Bros. Batman actor Ben Affleck has recently been linked to a possible Suicide Squad cameo too.