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Did You Hear? is a weekly examination of headlines in the entertainment industry and a take on what they could mean for the future of the industry and (often), the little geeky bubble that we occupy.

2 Birds of Prey Cast

Variety reports that the Birds of Prey movie is still moving ahead – despite what could be viewed as an uncertain future for the DC Cinematic Universe – and that they have reached the casting step in the proceedings.

10 Cloverfield Lane and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World star Mary Elizabeth Winstead has been tapped to play Helena Bertinelli a.k.a. Huntress and Jurnee Smollett-Bell (True Blood, Underground), will be playing Black Canary. According to all sources Smollett-Bell will be playing a character named Dinah Lane (rather that Dinah Drake), and considering the fact that the first Canary on Arrow was also a Lance this isn’t much of a surprise.

There’s probably going to be much conjecture over the racebending of Black Canary, but this wouldn’t be the first time a Canary has escaped the bonds of her original appearance. The third Black Canary in the aforementioned Arrowverse is played by Juliana Harkavy who comes from a very diverse ethnic background. Although, interestingly, Huntress is the character with the on-panel comic book diversity.

Other actors that apparently read and were considered included: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Margaret Qualley, and Cristin Milioti. Perhaps our Rennee Montoya is hiding amongst this list?

Both actresses bring solid pedigrees behind them. If this is the calibre of performer that director Cathy Yang and the casting directors are tapping to join Margot Robbie in Birds of Prey. The villain is yet to be announced or cast and is probably the next big piece of news that will come out this movie.

And a Release Date!

Variety is also reporting that Birds of Prey settled on a release date. It makes the movie seem more and more real. The movie is slated to hit theatres on on February 4, 2020.  While it doesn’t exactly jump to mind as a Valentine’s Day flick, having an actual, for-real for-real release date makes the chances of Birds of Prey actually happening more real than ever.

 

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Ashley Victoria Robinson is a Canadian girl by day and Robin by night. She lives in Los Angeles now and stars as Ensign Williams in THE RED SHIRT DIARIES, co-hosts the GEEK HISTORY LESSON podcast and writes for Top Cow.

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