Viola Davis to join Jared Leto, Tom Hardy in Warner Bros’ ‘Suicide Squad’ movie

Davis is lined up to play the prison warden often put in charge of the film's super-villains

How to Get Away with Murder star Viola Davis has reportedly landed a role in Warner Bros’ forthcoming super-villain ensemble movie Suicide Squad.

According to the normally reliable Latino Review, the Oscar-nominated actress will play prison warden Amanda Waller, a government agent who is often put in charge of the ‘suicide squad’, a group of super-villains working for the government in return for their freedom.

Davis will officially join the cast, Latino Review reports, provided she can fit in shooting alongside her TV work in hit US legal drama How to Get Away with Murder. She would join 30 Second To Mars frontman Jared Leto, who has been cast in Suicide Squad as The Joker, a role previously portrayed on screen by Jack Nicholson and the late Heath Ledger.

Also confirmed for Suicide Squad are Will Smith, who will play Deadshot; Tom Hardy, who will take on the role of Rick Flag; Jai Courtney, who will appear as Boomerang; and The Wolf Of Wall Street‘s Margot Robbie, who will portray Harley Quinn. Meanwhile, model-turned-actress Cara DeLevigne has landed her most high-profile role to date after being cast as Enchantress.

It has also been rumoured that Jesse Eisenberg will appear as Lex Luthor, the villainous role he will take on in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, but this has yet to be confirmed by. Warner Bros.

Shooting on Suicide Squad is due to begin next April with Fury director David Ayer behind the camera. The film is expected to arrive in cinemas at some point in 2016.