Viola Davis To Play Amanda Waller In Suicide Squad

Viola Davis

Earlier this month, David Ayer locked down a handful of A-list talent for his upcoming DC Comics film, Suicide Squad, but was missing one key piece of the supervillain ensemble: Amanda Waller. Now, that piece has finally been put in place, as Latino Review reports that How to Get Away With Murder star Viola Davis has landed the coveted role.

For those unfamiliar with the character, Waller is a former congressional aide and government agent, who’s put in charge of the all-supervillain team sent on dangerous missions in exchange for pardons and shortened prison sentences. She’s one of the most powerful women in comics, and is able to strike fear into the hearts of DC’s villains and heroes, despite the fact that she herself lacks superpowers. My guess is that her role will be substantial in the burgeoning DC cinematic universe, so this is a big win for Davis.

The actress will join Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Tom Hardy as Col. Rick Flagg, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress and Jared Leto as the Joker.

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Suicide Squad is set to explode into theaters on August 5th, 2016.