Take a look at your Black Canary!
All of the main players in the upcoming DC Comics film, Birds of Prey, toplined by Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, were unveiled in a teaser Monday.
In the film centering on women superheroines, Mary Elizabeth Winstead rounds out the trio as The Huntress. Rosie Perez will portray Renee Montoya.
Meet the #BirdsOfPrey!
Margot Robbie is Harley Quinn
Mary Elizabeth Winstead is Huntress
Jurnee Smollett-Bell is Black Canary
Rosie Perez is Renee Montoya
The Fantabulous Emancipation is February 7, 2020 pic.twitter.com/6rG1lsMfNs
— Fandango (@Fandango) January 28, 2019
For the role, multiple trade publications said that Smollett-Bell was up against Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who tested for the role and Janelle Monae was also reportedly up for the role.
In the comics, Black Canary (real name Dinah Lance) is one of the earliest superheroines in DC Comics history, first debuting in 1947. The character is often paired with Green Arrow. She has been mostly depicted as a skilled martial artist with her superpower being a shrieking scream called a “canary cry” which can destroy things and dismantle her enemies.
Birds of Prey has a released date set for February 7, 2020. Cathy Yan is the director.
Smollett-Bell will also star in a major TV role this year, alongside Jonathan Majors as one of the leads in Jordan Peele, J.J. Abrams and Misha Green’s Lovecraft Country.