Sylvester Stallone has joined the cast of The Suicide Squad, the film’s director James Gunn confirmed on Saturday.
The filmmaker, 54, took to Instagram on Saturday to reveal the casting news, as he shared a snap alongside the Rocky star, 74, and hailed him as an ‘iconic’ actor.
Posing for a snap together in a bar, which appeared to be one of the film’s sets, James and Sly appeared to be in great spirits after the day’s shooting.
Great choice: Sylvester Stallone has joined James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad in an unknown role as the director called him an ‘iconic movie star’ when he announced the news on Saturday
Gushing about getting the Hollywood legend on board, James wrote in the caption: ‘Always love working with my friend @officialslystallone & our work today on #TheSuicideSquad was no exception.
‘Despite Sly being an iconic movie star, most people still don’t have any idea what an amazing actor this guy is.’
After news of their collaboration broke, Sylvester also took to social media to share an article about his casting news and heaped praise on James.
The Rambo star said: ‘Working with this incredible Director on this astounding project has made this an amazing year. I am a very lucky man to be surrounded by such talent.! (sic).’
Announcement: Posing for a snap together in one of the film’s sets, James and Sly appeared to be in great spirits after the day’s shooting, though the pair kept quiet on what role he’ll play
James’ film is the much-anticipated standalone sequel to the 2016 hit, and it has previously been described as being like a ‘gritty 1970s war movie.’
Margot Robbie will be reprising her role as Harley Quinn — but this go-around she will be decked out a red and black leather ensemble, instead of the iconic t-shirt and short shorts she wore in the original film that was directed by David Ayer.
Among the others confirmed to be returning for the sequel in the roll call video: Viola Davis as government agent Amanda Waller, Joel Kinnaman is back as Rick Flag and Jai Courtney will play Captain Boomerang.
Exciting: James’ film has previously been described as being like a ‘gritty 1970s war movie’ (pictured: Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn)
Arguably the biggest change for the sequel is Idris Elba taking over the role of Floyd Lawton/Bloodshot for Will Smith, who had to bow out of the project due to scheduling conflicts.
Some of the other new cast members include Pete Davidson as Blackguard and John Cena plays the character called Peace-Maker.
David Dastmalchian, Steve Agee, Daniela Melchior, Nathan Fillion, Peter Capaldi, Alice Braga, Michael Rooker, Taika Waititi , Flula Borg and Jennifer Holland are also appearing in the film, which is the tenth in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU)
‘I was excited to do this suicide squad in the way it could be done from my point of view,’ Gunn revealed in a behind-the-scenes video at DC Fandome in August.
‘This is by far the biggest movie I have ever made.. and will be different from any superhero movie ever made.’
And those are bold words considering his wrote and directed Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014) and Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), both starred Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Karen Gillan and Michael Rooker, among others.
On point: Arguably the biggest change for the sequel is Idris Elba taking over the role of Floyd Lawton/Bloodshot for Will Smith, who had to bow out of the project due to sceduling conflicts