Vanessa Kirby who? DC's eyeing a biracial Black Canary for Margot Robbie-led 'Birds of Prey'

Directed by Cathy Yan, the ambitious all-female superhero flick has been taking shape rapidly as speculations surrounding the remaining cast continue to build up


                            Vanessa Kirby who? DC's eyeing a biracial Black Canary for Margot Robbie-led 'Birds of Prey'

The next time fans get to see Harley Quinn in action, she might be in cahoots with her DC girl gang for the upcoming ensemble movie 'Birds of Prey'. Directed by Cathy Yan, the ambitious all-female superhero flick has been taking shape rapidly as speculations surrounding the remaining cast continue to build up. 

While it has been confirmed that the Australian actress would be reprising her psychotic role as the accomplice and lover of Joker from Suicide Squad, the cast choices for other characters — like Black Canary, Huntress, Cassandra Cain, and Renee Montoya — featuring in 'Birds of Prey' are yet to be announced. 

As far as Black Canary's role is concerned, 'The Crown' actress Vanessa Kirby's name has been floated around, along with other front-runners like Blake Lively and 'Killing Eve' villainess Jodie Comer. However, if the latest report by Heroic Hollywood is to be believed, neither of them might actually end up being cast as Dinah Lance. It is because DC has completely different plans for the iconic vigilante, who goes by the name of Dinah Drake or Laurel Lance. 

Apparently, Warner Bros/DC have been eyeing to cast a biracial actress for the part, even though the original comics iterations have always shown Black Canary as a white woman. A challenging task, but the news sure comes as a pleasant surprise, especially considering the push from the production to include more diversity both behind the scenes and in front of the camera for DC's 'Birds of Prey'.

Also, the latest news sort of falls in line with Robbie's update about the movie's development, telling Yahoo News earlier how 'Birds of Prey' is looking forward to casting diverse actors. 

"Yep, yes exactly, real life isn't so one specific images... We've got to reflect that onscreen," she had said. 

A glimpse of DC's Birds of Prey comics (DC)
A glimpse of DC's Birds of Prey comics (DC)

The actress, who in the recent times has catapulted to the status of Hollywood A-listers, is going no holds barred when it comes to her upcoming Harley Quinn spinoff. Dishing about the basic idea of Harley and her gang coming together, in fact, Robbie — who is starring in as well as producing the 'Birds of Prey' movie — had candidly talked about the R-rated flick. 

"I pitched the idea of an R-rated girl gang film including Harley because, I was like, ‘Harley needs friends.’ Harley loves interacting with people, so don’t ever make her do a standalone film," Robbie had. "She’s got to be with other people, it should be a girl gang. I wasn’t seeing enough girl gangs on screen, especially in the action space. So that was always a big part of it." 

'Birds of Prey' goes into production in early 2019.