‘Suicide Squad’: Viola Davis Will Play Amanda Waller, Actress Confirms

It’s official! Oscar-nominated actress Viola Davis will play Amanda Waller in the highly-anticipated film, Suicide Squad.

Back in December, Batman News reported the possibility of Viola Davis playing the coveted role of Amanda Waller, the head-woman-in-charge of the Suicide Squad within the world of DC superheroes and villains.

On Wednesday, the same source was able to confirm that the rumors about the 49-year-old actress are indeed true.

At a recent press junket, Viola Davis was busy promoting the new Michael Mann-directed film Blackhat, which stars herself and Thor actor Chris Hemsworth.

In an interview with Nerd Report, the How to Get Away with Murder actress spoke openly about what excites her the most about being chosen for this coveted role.

“I’m fascinated by her. I’m fascinated by her in this world of superhero-ness because she is not a woman that you would expect. I think that she is a massive contradiction. She’s this big powerful black woman, hard, ready to pick up a gun and shoot anyone at will. I’m fascinated in exploring her psychology, just put it that way. And I’m excited to pick up a gun.”

Viola Davis went on to admit that she has not read any graphic novels or comic books yet in order to prepare for her role. She is still trying to work out the details of her Suicide Squad schedule.

Viola already has a packed plate between her hit Shonda Rhimes-created TV series and two upcoming movie releases this year alone – Blackhat and Lila & Eve.

Clearly, the rumored reports claiming that Oprah Winfrey was the actress chosen to play Amanda Waller were not true after all.

Reports confirm that the production of the David Ayer-directed film, Suicide Squad, is scheduled to begin in April.

Based on the other casting announcements that have already been confirmed, Viola Davis will be in good company when she starts shooting.

As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the Suicide Squad cast includes such actors and actresses as Will Smith, Jared Leto, Tom Hardy, Margot Robbie and Jai Courtney.

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