Exclusive: Jai Courtney talks returning to The Suicide Squad!
During an interview for next month’s crime drama Semper Fi, actor Jai Courtney talked to ComingSoon.net a bit about his return as George “Digger” Harkness/Captain Boomerang for director James Gunn’s forthcoming DC Comics sequel The Suicide Squad!
While he was tight-lipped about the sequel, we did tell him that a lot of people who thought he was the best part of 2016’s Suicide Squad would be disappointed if his role in the sequel was only a cameo or if he got killed quickly, Slipknot-style.
“Well that’s very kind of you to say,” Courtney told us. “Obviously I can’t talk about it at all, but I’d be disappointed with that as well.”
He got more in-depth about what he likes about the idea of returning to the role of Captain Boomerang.
“I love playing this character!” Courtney also said. “He’s just super rambunctious and gets a lot of funny lines. i just have such a good time with it. It’s easy in a way because David Ayer told me on the first movie to find my inner shitbag, and I think it’s not that far below the surface. It’s fun with boomer because there’s an irreverence to it all. It’s just a good time, it’s not so important to him. It’s all a bit of a gag, a bit of a laugh. It’s fun to have all these amazing people around on these amazing sets and play with all these toys and also get to be an Australian, man. It’s funny, I sometimes take that for granted as an actor because we’re always in different worlds. Even something as simple as not having an accent frees you up! There’s a freedom within that. There’s an immediacy to it that makes it feel a little more natural. Sometimes it’s fun to run away from natural and transform, and sometimes it’s fun to feel like you know this guy intimately.”
The Suicide Squad cast includes: David Dastmalchian, John Cena, Jai Courtney, Joaquín Cosío, Nathan Fillion, Joel Kinnaman, Maylin Ng, Flula Borg, Sean Gunn, Juan Deigo Botto, Storm Reid, Pete Davidson, Taika Waititi, Alice Brage, Steve Agee, Tinashe Kajese, Daniela Melchior, Peter Capaldi, Julio Ruiz, Jennifer Holland, Viola Davis, Idris Elba, Margot Robbie and Michael Rooker.
Davis, Robbie, Courtney, and Kinnaman will all seemingly play the same roles they had in the 2016 film with Amanda Waller, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, and Rick Flag, respectively. The cast is also stacked with other James Gunn alums like David Dastmalchian, Nathan Fillion, Sean Gunn, Steve Agee, and Michael Rooker, plus fellow Marvel creatives like Taika Waititi.
The movie is written and directed by Gunn. Chuck Roven and Peter Safran will serve as producers. Nik Korda is executive producing the movie.
The Suicide Squad will hit theaters on August 6, 2021.