John Cena ‘blown away’ by James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad script

John Cena was “blown away” after reading James Gunn’s script for The Suicide Squad.News that the wrestler-turned-actor had landed a role in the upcoming DC Comics adaptation was announced last year, however details of Cena’s character have been kept un…

John Cena was “blown away” after reading James Gunn’s script for The Suicide Squad.

News that the wrestler-turned-actor had landed a role in the upcoming DC Comics adaptation was announced last year, however details of Cena’s character have been kept under wraps.

The 42-year-old confessed he was a “casual fan” of superhero movies in a new interview with Collider and said that when he arrived on the set of the sequel to the 2016 blockbuster Suicide Squad, he was impressed with Gunn’s creation.

“Having seen the first movie and then reading the new script, I was blown away. The first 10 pages (are) like a movie in itself. It’s really, really special,” Cena teased.

He also compared his performance as a “storyteller” in the WWE wrestling ring to Gunn’s work as a director and screenwriter.

“I’m also a storyteller at heart. I got to go out there on a nightly basis in WWE and entertain and make them want to believe that they want to see a WWE title switch or that so-and-so hates so-and-so or whatever story we’re trying to put together for that night,” he explained. “So I tip my cap to a great storyteller.”

The Trainwreck star, who is rumoured to be playing the Peacemaker in The Suicide Squad, also revealed that he was taken aback during his first meeting with the 53-year-old filmmaker when he realised that Gunn had the whole storyboard for the movie covering the walls in his office.

“You want go to work with people who jump out of bed every day and want to go to work. (Gunn) is the epitome of that. He cares so much about what he’s doing… and I hope everybody enjoys seeing it as much as we’re enjoying making it, because it’s awesome,” he shared.

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Margot Robbie: ‘I never want to play the same character twice’

Margot Robbie never wants to play the same kind of character twice because she likes to challenge herself.The Australian actress has racked up a wide variety of acting roles since she had her breakthrough with The Wolf of Wall Street in 2013, with her …

Margot Robbie never wants to play the same kind of character twice because she likes to challenge herself.

The Australian actress has racked up a wide variety of acting roles since she had her breakthrough with The Wolf of Wall Street in 2013, with her projects including comic book adaptation Suicide Squad, period piece Mary, Queen of Scots, and real-life sports drama I, Tonya.

In an interview with Glamour U.K. magazine, Margot explained that she was determined to keep mixing it up with her roles.

“I never want to play the same character more than once,” she said. “I always knew I wanted to get out of my comfort zone. I’ve always been conscious of that. With The Wolf of Wall Street, I loved playing the gold digger, trophy wife – I had the best time of my life in that movie – but unless it’s coming from a different conscious space, I don’t want to play the same person.”

However, Margot has made an exception with deranged criminal Harley Quinn, who she first portrayed in 2016’s Suicide Squad. She will be reprising the role for the upcoming Birds of Prey, a female-led ensemble action film, and The Suicide Squad, which is due to hit cinemas in 2021.

The 29-year-old, who is producing Birds of Prey via her LuckyChap Entertainment company, admitted it had been “an uphill battle” to get the film made following her initial pitch four years ago.

“(My pitch) had comps (comparisons) of other female ensemble action films that had done well and ones that didn’t do well and my theory as to why and what we could do,” Margot explained. “But really, I was just saying we need to do a female ensemble action film. I don’t know why there aren’t more of them. I wanted it to be R-rated so we didn’t feel restricted in the language or the violence, because if it was a PG rating, guys can feel like it’s a ‘chick flick.’”

Birds of Prey, also starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez, and Ewan McGregor, is released in cinemas from 7 February.

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Margot Robbie wanted to make Birds of Prey while filming Suicide Squad

Margot Robbie has wanted to make Birds of Prey since she began filming Suicide Squad in 2015.The Australian actress debuted her unhinged character Harley Quinn in the 2016 ensemble anti-superhero movie, which was directed by David Ayer and starred Will…

Margot Robbie has wanted to make Birds of Prey since she began filming Suicide Squad in 2015.

The Australian actress debuted her unhinged character Harley Quinn in the 2016 ensemble anti-superhero movie, which was directed by David Ayer and starred Will Smith, Jared Leto, Viola Davis, and Jai Courtney.

And she knew she wanted to further explore the former psychologist-turned-criminal while playing the DC Comics character for the first time, as she believed there was a gap in the market for a strong female action hero.

“I love action films, and I think there’s a misconception perhaps subconsciously for people: action films are for dudes, girls don’t really like them,” the 29-year-old told Variety. “Which is just not true. I love them! I know heaps of other women who love them.

“I loved movies like the Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu Charlie’s Angels growing up. So I knew I wanted to find that, and help put that on screen somewhere.”

She then turned to the Birds of Prey comics, which sees Harley joining forces with Black Canary, Helena Bertinelli, and Renee Montoya to take down a narcissistic crime lord, and became “obsessed” with them.

“It seemed like a good platform for a female ensemble franchise, because so many different characters come in and out of the Birds of Prey. And Harley is an easy character to insert into almost any situation, because no matter what, she’s gonna just stir s**t up,” Margot laughed.

The Oscar-nominated actress also lavished praise on Todd Phillips’ Joker, in which Joaquin Phoenix portrays the iconic Batman villain, who dates Harley Quinn in the DC Comics.

“He did a phenomenal job,” she gushed.

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Joel Kinnaman named as face of Swedish brand Bjorn Borg

Joel Kinnaman is the new global brand ambassador for sportswear company Bjorn Borg.The Swedish-American actor, known for his role as Rick Flag in Suicide Squad and for starring as Erik Heller in TV series Hanna, has been tapped to front campaigns for t…

Joel Kinnaman is the new global brand ambassador for sportswear company Bjorn Borg.

The Swedish-American actor, known for his role as Rick Flag in Suicide Squad and for starring as Erik Heller in TV series Hanna, has been tapped to front campaigns for the company’s upcoming underwear and apparel launches.

“I quickly realised that we had common values and views of training – that it is a key in order to feel better in life,” he said of the collaboration. “The fact that Bjorn Borg also has a mandatory sports hour every Friday showed me that they are serious about their ambition and their goals. To stay in shape both mentally and physically has always been important to me and is now a big part of my everyday life as an actor. Thus, it feels natural for me to join Bjorn Borg in their mission to inspire people to exercise in order to feel better.”

In the first image, Kinnaman is posing in black gym gear featuring the Bjorn Borg logo while sitting in a gym. The full campaign for the spring/summer 2020 season is expected to go live in January.

Regarding the long-term collaboration, Bjorn Borg chief executive officer Henrik Bunge noted that the 40-year-old was a natural fit for the brand, especially as he already enjoys highlighting the many benefits of exercise.

“We strongly believe in Joel’s ability to inspire both men and women to start exercising and consequently feel better. Together with our own and Joel’s belief that training makes people become better versions of themselves, we have found a natural and perfect match. We’re very happy and proud to involve him in our work, our culture and our common goals,” he stated.

Bjorn Borg, named after the former professional tennis player of the same name, also offers footwear, bags and eyewear through licenses.

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Jai Courtney feared Suicide Squad sequel wouldn’t happen

Jai Courtney feared a sequel to Suicide Squad wasn’t going to be given the go-ahead.The Australian actor played Captain Boomerang in the 2016 DC comic book movie and is reprising his role for the follow-up alongside Margot Robbie and Viola Davis, as we…

Jai Courtney feared a sequel to Suicide Squad wasn’t going to be given the go-ahead.

The Australian actor played Captain Boomerang in the 2016 DC comic book movie and is reprising his role for the follow-up alongside Margot Robbie and Viola Davis, as well as newcomers John Cena, Pete Davidson, Michael Rooker, and Idris Elba.

Guardians of the Galaxy’s James Gunn is writing and directing The Suicide Squad, and Courtney said he was “really excited” to be returning for the sequel, especially as he once feared it might not make it to the big screen.

“I was pumped to be coming back, and to finally be able to portray this character again, and to be with this great group of people. It had been a couple of years between drinks. There was a period there where we didn’t really know if it was gonna happen or not,” he told Collider.

“They got a great script out of James, and the decision to work with him was a great one. So, I was stoked. I’m stoked to be here. It’s a fantastic group, and the script’s really exciting, so I have no doubt we’ll deliver something that people are gonna love.”

The Terminator Genisys star was also quizzed about what fans could expect from the follow-up, and was hesitant to give out any details in case he got himself into trouble with Warner Bros.

“It’s hard to comment on, so explicitly… It’s a tricky one to answer. It’s incredibly funny, but it’s still very violent and action-packed. I don’t think it adheres to anything specifically that we didn’t try to uncover a little, in the first movie,” Courtney explained.

“You’re getting too many details out of me. I’m going to walk myself into trouble here, in a minute… You’re just gonna have to just check it out. I’m that guy that’ll keep talking and talking and talking, and then I’ll have blown the f**king end of the movie.”

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David Ayer fed up with criticism of Suicide Squad

Director David Ayer is frustrated by criticism of Suicide Squad because the film was not his “original vision”. On Friday, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn announced the cast of The Suicide Squad, his follow-up to Ayer’s 2016 comic book movi…

Director David Ayer is frustrated by criticism of Suicide Squad because the film was not his “original vision”.

On Friday, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn announced the cast of The Suicide Squad, his follow-up to Ayer’s 2016 comic book movie. In response, IndieWire’s David Ehrlich tweeted that it was hard to be excited about a sequel to “some dumb piece of s**t that literally every sane person on Earth hated with a passion when it came out like 10 minutes ago.”

The filmmaker noticed the “mean-spirited” comment and replied, “A lot of people dedicated their blood sweat and tears and came together to make the original. It’s incredibly painful to have two years of my love attacked in such a way.”

After the journalist explained that he was simply frustrated about franchises continuing regardless of previous results, Ayer added, “The film industry is exactly that – an industry – it keeps growing and moving forward. Yet I know @JamesGunn will make something amazing. My frustration comes from being hammered for something that was not my original vision.”

The 51-year-old continued to tell his followers he “cannot wait to see this movie” and that Warner Bros. executives were “blessed to have @James Gunn.” Gunn responded to the praise by tweeting the praying hands emoji.

The Suicide Squad, which is said to be a reboot of Ayer’s movie, will feature returning cast members including Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Viola Davis, and Joel Kinnaman, while newcomers include Idris Elba, Taika Waititi, John Cena, Peter Capaldi, and Pete Davidson. When Gunn unveiled the confirmed cast list on Friday, fans were quick to notice that Jared Leto was absent, leaving them to wonder who will be playing the Joker next.

The Suicide Squad is scheduled to hit cinemas in August 2021.

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Christian Bale approves of Robert Pattinson as Batman

Former Batman actor Christian Bale approves of Robert Pattinson taking on the role of the Caped Crusader in Matt Reeves’s upcoming movie.The 45-year-old played the superhero in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins in 2005, before reprising his role in the…

Former Batman actor Christian Bale approves of Robert Pattinson taking on the role of the Caped Crusader in Matt Reeves’s upcoming movie.

The 45-year-old played the superhero in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins in 2005, before reprising his role in the sequels – 2008’s The Dark Knight and 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises.

Ben Affleck later took on the part for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, but in May, it was confirmed Pattinson would play the character in The Batman, and Bale has now offered his seal of approval.

“Good choice! He’s interesting,” the Oscar winner told Variety at the Toronto Film Festival on Sunday, where he is promoting biographical action movie Ford v Ferrari.

Of his best advice for Pattinson, he stated: “Oh, same as Ben (Affleck), just be able to pee by yourself… You don’t feel like a superhero when you aren’t able to p**s by yourself.”

Additionally, Bale expanded on his thoughts during a discussion with an Entertainment Tonight reporter at the same event.

“All the best to him! You know, I think he’s an absolutely fantastic actor,” he praised. “Wonderful choice for Batman!”

Producers have not yet announced other casting details for The Batman, though the film is slated to hit cinemas in June 2021.

While plot details remain under wraps, Pattinson did divulge during a recent interview with Variety that he had tried on the Batsuit.

“I put it on. I remember saying to Matt (Reeves), ‘It does feel quite transformative!’ He was like, ‘I would hope it does! You’re literally in the Batsuit,'” the 33-year-old recalled. “You do feel very powerful immediately.”

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Margot Robbie relies on fragrance to help her get into character

Margot Robbie switches up her scents on set because they help her get into character.The 29-year-old has played a diverse range of characters, from DC Comics’ Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad, to actress Sharon Tate in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time…

Margot Robbie switches up her scents on set because they help her get into character.

The 29-year-old has played a diverse range of characters, from DC Comics’ Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad, to actress Sharon Tate in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

And speaking to Australia’s Sunday Life magazine, the actress revealed perfumes have become an important part of her preparation before she takes on a new role.

“I pick a fragrance for every character I play,” she shared. “When I go on set and apply the fragrance, I find it’s easier to get into character.

“It’s a very powerful tool!”

Margot went on to explain that the unusual method works because “certain smells can transport you to a time and place or create a specific feeling”.

The star has been a fragrance ambassador for French fashion house Chanel since 2018 and is the face of brand-new perfume Gabrielle Chanel Essence – named after label founder Coco Chanel, real name Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel.

Elsewhere in the interview, the Oscar nominee opened up about her style, and revealed she prefers to mix up feminine and masculine pieces.

“Personally, I love beautiful things but I’m also pragmatic: I look for freedom of movement. I love a silk suit, flats and the mix of masculine and feminine style. That makes me feel powerful and feminine, comfortable but confident. I think nothing’s more alluring than confidence,” the blonde beauty explained. “We all know women are incredibly strong, but I don’t believe it means you have to hide your femininity.”

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Cara Delevingne: ‘Modelling had a negative impact on my acting’

Cara Delevingne’s modelling career had a detrimental effect on her acting because she kept “trying to look hot” in scenes. The 27-year-old became known for walking the runway and fronting advertising campaigns for fashion brands like Chanel before she…

Cara Delevingne’s modelling career had a detrimental effect on her acting because she kept “trying to look hot” in scenes.

The 27-year-old became known for walking the runway and fronting advertising campaigns for fashion brands like Chanel before she made her acting debut in 2012’s Anna Karenina, in which she played minor character Princess Sorokina.

But in a new interview with Elle U.K. magazine, Cara admitted the lessons she learned during her modelling career had a detrimental effect on her acting, because the film’s director Joe Wright kept having to remind her to be natural and in the moment.

“Honestly, fashion really f**ked me when it came to acting. When I did my first film – Anna Karenina, which I didn’t have a speaking part in – every time I was on screen, the director would come up to me and say, ‘Cara, you’re modelling again. Stop trying to look pretty,'” she recalled. “I was an extra with 60 other people on screen at the time. I was like, ‘But what do you mean?’ And he’d tell me, ‘You’re not in the moment, you’re just trying to look hot.’ I never thought I did that. Modelling makes you know where the camera is at all times, and you have to forget that when you’re acting.”

Cara has since appeared in films such as Paper Towns, Suicide Squad, and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and is currently starring in TV series Carnival Row.

She stepped away from modelling because of her mental health and shared during the interview that, at one stage, the only thing she liked about herself was seeing billboards of her “looking pretty” in campaigns.

“Modelling fuelled this thing where pictures of me looking pretty were the only things I liked about myself,” the actress candidly admitted. “Take that away, and take the billboards away, and there was nothing left. It’s not that I thought I was pretty – the person on the billboard was pretty. It became a f**ked-up way to look at the world.”

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Storm Reid eyed to play Idris Elba’s daughter in The Suicide Squad

Storm Reid is reportedly the top choice to play Idris Elba’s daughter in the new Suicide Squad movie.Editors at film publication The Wrap have claimed that the 16-year-old is being eyed for role in the upcoming The Suicide Squad, though a deal has yet …

Storm Reid is reportedly the top choice to play Idris Elba’s daughter in the new Suicide Squad movie.

Editors at film publication The Wrap have claimed that the 16-year-old is being eyed for role in the upcoming The Suicide Squad, though a deal has yet to be reached. Specific details about the part Reid could potentially play are being kept secret, with little known about Elba’s character either.

Should the 16-year-old sign on for the movie, she and Elba will join John Cena among the new castmembers of the follow-up to 2016’s supervillain film.

Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, and Jai Courtney are reportedly set to return as DC Comics characters Harley Quinn, Rick Flag, and Captain Boomerang, respectively, while Oscar winner Viola Davis will also be back as Amanda Waller.

Reid has enjoyed a steady rise to fame in Hollywood, and recently appeared in HBO’s new show Euphoria, alongside Zendaya, and reunited with A Wrinkle in Time director Ava DuVernay for her critically-acclaimed Netflix series, When They See Us.

The starlet will reportedly finish filming on The Invisible Man remake, with Elisabeth Moss, before beginning shooting the comic book movie.

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn is taking charge of the project, simply titled The Suicide Squad, with production expected to begin in September, ahead of an August 2021 release.

The first movie, directed by David Ayer and co-starring Will Smith, Jared Leto and Cara Delevingne, was critically mauled but went on to make almost $750 million (£600 million) at the global box office.

Elba was originally cast as Deadshot, effectively replacing Smith, although it was reported soon after the news was announced that the 50-year-old Oscar nominee was disappointed the British actor did not get his blessing before accepting the role.

According to editors at Collider, Elba and Gunn then created a new part in the movie for the Golden Globe-winning actor, but details are still under wraps.

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