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James Gunn Just Announced The Cast For His ‘Suicide Squad’ Reboot, And Boy It’s Packed

John Cena! Peter Capaldi! Idris Elba!

James Gunn: Suicide Squad 2, Guardians of the Galaxy 3

You would be forgiven for not having much faith in the idea of a Suicide Squad reboot.

After all, David Ayer‘s original is one of the messiest entries in the DC cinematic canon, itself an already extremely messy franchise. Plagued by reshoots — including some overseen by an honest-to-God advertising company — the film wastes every ounce of its potential, trying to shoehorn the Joker into an outlandish plot about some giant ancient demon and its evil cronies.

But, over the last few months, DC have been throwing everything they have at the reboot. First, they announced that James Gunn was going to write and direct the thing. That was good news for anyone who loves Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy movies, and bad news for Marvel, who had fired (and then rehired) Gunn during a bout of Twitter controversy.

Then, there were rumours that Taika Waititi was going to join the film. Waititi is of course best known as a director — he’s the technicolour mind behind Thor: Ragnarok. But he also has a number of comedic acting credits, including an incredible turn in the vampiric mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows. His addition didn’t seem like a bit of stunt casting. Instead, it seemed like genuine promise that this film was shaping up into something.

Well, looks like Gunn has definitively confirmed that his reboot will be worth a look-in. This morning, he dropped the full cast on Twitter, and ho boy this thing is stacked with talent.

Where to start? Sean Gunn’s appearance was pretty much a given, considering he’s the director’s brother and all. We knew we’d get Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman and Viola Davis, all returning from the first film. But Pete “Big Dick Energy” Davidson? Peter “Doctor Who” Capaldi? Extremely charismatic newcomer Daniela Melchior? John Cena?

This thing looks brilliant.

Guess we’ll find out for sure when Suicide Squad releases next year.