Danielle Brooks Joins John Cena’s ‘The Suicide Squad’ Spinoff ‘Peacemaker’

The 'Orange is the New Black' star has been recruited for 'Peacemaker'!

John Cena’s Peacemaker show from The Suicide Squad director James Gunn adds Danielle Brooks to the cast of the HBO Max series.

UPDATE: HBO Max has also added Robert Patrick, Jennifer Holland and Chris Conrad to the cast of Peacemaker.

Danielle Brooks has joined John Cena’s Peacemaker series which is being helmed by The Suicide Squad director James Gunn. The project starts production in January 2021 in Vancouver and continues until June. Brooks isn’t the only recent addition to Peacemaker, as Steve Agee will reprise his role as the Warden of Belle Reve, John Economos. Fans will likely know Danielle Brooks for her role as Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson in Netflix’s Orange is the New Black.

Deadline broke the news that Danielle Brooks is joining The Suicide Squad spinoff series, revealing that she’ll play Leota Adebayo – although it’s not clear what the character will get up to, since she doesn’t seem to be a notable DC Comics character. Although knowing James Gunn’s affinity for the 1980s Suicide Squad comics, it’s possible she’s adapted from another side character, hero or villain that he’s decided to expand upon.

The other new additions to the cast include, Robert Patrick who will play Auggie Smith, Chris Conrad who will play Adrian Chase/Vigilante and Jennifer Holland is set to reprise her role from The Suicide Squad, Emilia Harcourt.

What do you make of the Peacemaker news? Are you excited to see Danielle Brooks join the series? What do you want to see from John Cena and Danielle Brooks in the HBO Max show? Sound-off in the comments below!

The first Suicide Squad followed a team of supervillains who were recruited by the government for a dangerous black ops mission in exchange for reduced sentences. The ensemble cast included Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, and Jared Leto as The Joker. However, James Gunn is expected to deliver on a fresh take on the team in his upcoming movie.

Written and directed by James Gunn, The Suicide Squad stars David Dastmalchian, John Cena, Jai Courtney, Joaquín Cosío, Nathan Fillion, Joel Kinnaman, Mayling Ng, Flula Borg, Sean Gunn, Juan Diego Botto, Storm Reid, Pete Davidson, Taika Waititi, Alice Braga, Steve Agee, Tinashe Kajese, Daniela Melchior, Peter Capaldi, Julio Ruiz, Jennifer Holland, Viola Davis, Idris Elba, Margot Robbie, and Michael Rooker.

The Suicide Squad is currently scheduled to hit theaters on August 6, 2021. Stay tuned for all the latest news regarding Danielle Brooks and John Cena’s Peacemaker, and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.

Source: Deadline

Eammon Jacobs

Eammon Jacobs

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