Alison Araya & Lenny Jacobson join HBO Max’s Peacemaker series
Variety brings word that Alison Araya (Riverdale, Arrow, Julie and the Phantoms) and Lenny Jacobson (Narcos: Mexico, For All Mankind, Nurse Jackie) have joined HBO Max’s The Suicide Squad spinoff series Peacemaker in recurring roles. The new cast members will reportedly play married couple Amber and Evan, respectively.
The series stars John Cena (F9, The Suicide Squad) as the title character, Steve Agee (The Suicide Squad, Superstore), Danielle Brooks (Orange Is the New Black, Close Enough), Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Perry Mason) as Auggie Smith, Jennifer Holland (Brightburn, American Horror Story), who will reprise her role of Emilia Harcourt from The Suicide Squad film, and Chris Conrad (Perpetual Grace, LTD., Patriot) as Vigilante/Adrian Chase. Additional cast includes Lochlyn Munro (Riverdale), Chukwudi Iwuji (The Underground Railroad), Annie Chang (Shades of Blue), Christoper Heyerdahl (Hell on Wheels, Supernatural), Elizabeth Faith Ludlow (The Walking Dead), Rizwan Manji (Goliath), and Nhut Le (The Kroll Show), who will play the DC Comics hero Judomaster.
While details about Peacemaker are being kept under wraps, the series will explore the origins of the character that Cena will play in the upcoming film, a man who believes in peace at any cost — no matter how many people he has to kill to get it. The series will extend the world that Gunn is creating for The Suicide Squad movie, which is scheduled to be released in theaters by Warner Bros. Pictures on August 6, 2021.
Gunn wrote all eight episodes of Peacemaker and is set to direct multiple episodes. He also serves as executive producer on the project along with the film’s producer Peter Safran. Cena will co-executive produce.
Based on the characters from DC, Peacemaker is produced by Gunn’s Troll Court Entertainment and The Safran Company in association with Warner Bros. Television. Production is scheduled to begin in early 2021, prior to Gunn beginning work on the next Guardians of the Galaxy film.
The series is expected to premiere on HBO Max in January 2022.
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