The Suicide Squad is just short of two years away, but the project has been in high gear recently as much of the cast has been signing on to fill out the brand new team of DC Comics rejects that will come together to save the world. Margot Robbie and Jai Courtney will be back to reprise their roles from the previous film, and they'll be joined by the likes of Idris Elba, John Cena and Benecio del Toro, And now it appears they'll also be joined by Nathan Fillion.
While the role that Firefly star Nathan Fillion will be playing has not been revealed, Deadline is claiming that the actor will be starring in the new movie written and directed by James Gunn.
However, while Fillion has mostly had cameo roles in Gunn's recent projects, Deadline is using the word "starring" to describe the actor's role in The Suicide Squad, which would imply that he's playing one of the movie's major roles here, not simply showing up for a scene or two.
While the cast of The Suicide Squad is quite impressive, we know very little about most of the characters who will be appearing in it. We know that David Dastmalchian is on board to play Polka Dot Man and Daniela Melchior will play a gender flipped Ratcatcher, but those are the only new actors who are specifically attached to roles.
Beyond that, it's been rumored that we'll see Peacemaker and King Shark as new members of the team. John Cena has been rumored for the former role and Michael Rooker might be in talks for the latter, but neither has been confirmed. If both of those choices turn out to be accurate, then it's anybody's guess who Nathan Fillion could end up playing.
While Nathan Fillion hasn't found a home as a recurring character in a comic book movie, which it seems half of Hollywood has done at this point, he has been part of DC's animated universe, as the voice Green Lantern in several direct-to-DVD films.
Whether Fillion's role is a major one or actually a small cameo, it doesn't really matter. The actor is still incredibly popular with fans following his role in the cult favorite Firefly and that audience is happy to see him in anything. While he's found a home on television in recent years thanks to the long running Castle, and now The Rookie, maybe his buddy James Gunn has found the perfect role to make him a true movie star.