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Margot Robbie has teased that The Suicide Squad features “one of the most difficult things” she’s ever filmed.

The actor will reprise her role as Harley Quinn in the upcoming movie, which will be directed by James Gunn.

Appearing during a DC FanDome Q&A, the star was asked what the toughest scene to film in The Suicide Squad was. “I don’t want to give it away,” she replied. “When you watch the movie, it’s probably about halfway through.

There’s an insane sequence that Harley does which was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever shot onscreen. And we shot it in like four days and I remember looking at the schedule and being like ‘Oh my god, we’re not going to be able to do this. This is gonna be impossible.’”

Robbie added that although she was “really beat up” at the end of it, Gunn had later texted her to say it “looks amazing”. “That whole sequence apparently looks really cool, so when you see the movie, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about,” she said.

The Suicide Squad will also star Idris Elba, Viola Davis, Pete Davidson, John Cena, Sean Gunn, Mayling Ng and more. It is currently scheduled for release on August 6, 2021.

Meanwhile, Suicide Squad director David Ayer recently acknowledged issues with his portrayal of Harley Quinn in the 2016 movie. The filmmaker had responded after a viewer called out the sexualisation of the character, saying her story arc had been “eviscerated” and that “everything is political”.

Another Twitter user then replied, telling him: “The way your camera looked at her was political. The way you used her was political. You treated her as an object and she still rose above it. That was political too.

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While the first Suicide Squad movie was a financial success, it was critically panned. However, what most people could agree with was that Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn was the real star. And while most of the anti-hero team has been swapped out for the new James Gunn directed sequel, The Suicide Squad, Margot Robbie and Harley Quinn will be back. Having said that, Margot Robbie makes it sound like we’ll see a somewhat different Harley in the new movie. One that we haven’t really seen before.

In response to a fan question posted to Twitter ahead of this weekend’s DC Fandome event, Margot Robbie says that The Suicide Squad will reveal new sides to Harley Quinn because the situation that Harley will find herself in, and the people she’ll be in that situation with, will cause her to respond in ways we’ve never seen before. According to Robbie…

I always have such a ball playing Harley Quinn. Every time I’ve done it I’ve learned new things about her, and this movie is no different. When Harleys put in different group of people and put in a different place you’re going to see different aspects of her personality come out depending on how she feels about those people and what she’s doing. You get to see a new side of Harley again and she’s in a new group of people, a big group of people. And it’s insane, as always. It’s crazy fun.

As Margot Robbie points out, The Suicide Squad has a massive group of people involved. The cast list seemingly goes on forever. And almost all of them are new to the franchise. We don’t even know for sure who everybody is even playing, so it’s essentially impossible to even guess what we’re in for.

Margot Robbie says that Harley’s reaction to The Suicide Squad is based on how she feels about the other characters as well as the mission the team will be going on. While the first Suicide Squad saw everybody more or less unite behind the mission, despite the fact everybody was forced into it (that’s sort of the deal with the Suicide Squad) it will be interesting to see how things differ this time around. Will Harley actually embrace this mission? Will there be members of the team that simply do not get along at all? There are all sorts of interesting dynamics that could develop.

We’ll probably get something of an idea of how all the pieces fit together in The Suicide Squad this weekend during DC Fandome. The Suicide Squad is currently just about one year away, and while there’s going to be plenty of post-production work left to do, one expects we’ll get a little bit of footage and some details about the story. Just enough to start to get people excited. And that footage will probably include more than a little Harley Quinn.

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The Suicide Squad director James Gunn says Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn will go on a journey in the upcoming DC film.

One of the most anticipated films coming from DC is James Gunn’s take on The Suicide Squad, which will see Margot Robbie returning to the role of Harley Quinn. The upcoming film from James Gunn will be a quasi-reboot of the 2016 film, which also featured Margot Robbie. The Australian actress recently reprised her role as Harley Quinn in Birds of Prey, her first solo outing as the breakout character.

Details regarding James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad are pretty slim, which are pretty much on par with the director’s other productions. In fact, most of the information coming from any of his productions is from his own social media accounts. James Gunn has become one of the most popular directors on social media because of his abundant interactions with fans. In the wake of The Suicide Squad completing its filming, James Gunn was asked on Instagram how many looks Harley Quinn would have in The Suicide Squad. James Gunn responded by saying that Margot Robbie’s character will be going through a journey in the upcoming DC film.

Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn has sported various looks during her brief but impactful career in the DCEU. It would make sense for Harley Quinn to have multiple looks, especially because she’s such an eclectic and eccentric character. In fact, one of her most iconic moments in the first Suicide Squad was when she stole accessories from a Midway City clothing store because it’s what “bad guys do”. While James Gunn doesn’t explicitly share how many looks Margot Robbie will go through in the upcoming film, it’s safe to say that quality will precede quantity.

The first Suicide Squad film followed a team of supervillains who were recruited by the government for a dangerous mission in exchange for reduced sentences. The cast included Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and Jared Leto as The Joker. While the film was a box-office success, it was savaged by critics and currently holds a 27% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. James Gunn’s upcoming film is expected to deliver on the fresh take on the Suicide Squad but the director has not specified what connections it will have to the first film beyond returning cast members.

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 will be released in theaters on August 6, 2021.

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Margot Robbie made her debut as Harley Quinn in David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad,” one of the worst reviewed comic book movies of the last decade. Despite the critical bashing, most people agreed that Robbie’s spontaneous energy as Harley was the only saving grace of the film. Fortunately, that energy is front and center in the latest trailer for Robbie’s Harley Quinn spinoff movie “Birds of Prey.” The movie marks the studio directing debut of Cathy Yan, who last helmed the small independent drama “Dead Pigs.” Robbie stars opposite Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya, and Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary.

“Birds of Prey” follows Harley trying to put her life together after breaking up with the Joker (played by Jared Leto in “Suicide Squad”). With a bounty on her head, Harley teams up with the aforementioned comic book characters in order to stay alive and protect a young girl named Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco) from the villainous Black Mask (Ewan McGregor). Chris Messina also stars as the henchman Mr. Zsasz.

Warner Bros. is currently having enormous success with “Joker,” the Todd Phillips-directed comic book drama that has earned over $1 billion worldwide and won Joaquin Phoenix the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama. “Joker” is the most profitable comic book film ever released and is expected to pick up Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor, and more. Will the studio have similar success with “Birds of Prey”? One thing is for sure: “Birds of Prey” is the anti-“Joker.”

I did see ‘Joker,’ yeah,” Robbie recently told Variety when asked about the film. “[Phoenix] did a phenomenal job. Our world in ‘Birds of Prey’ is very different — the aesthetic, the tone. Very, very different. Ours is certainly a heightened reality. There’s a clear distinction between real life and what you’re experiencing on the screen. I feel like the ‘Joker’ film was much more grounded. Ours is different.

Warner Bros. is opening “Birds of Prey” in theaters nationwide February 7.

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Margot Robbie has excelled at playing real people on screen.

In 2019, she played Sharon Tate in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” and the year before, she took on Queen Elizabeth I in “Mary Queen of Scots.” In a career-making performance — for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award and an Oscar — Robbie portrayed disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding in 2017’s “I, Tonya.”

Tackling the role of Kayla Pospisil — an ambitious young Fox News producer who falls prey to Roger Ailes (John Lithgow) — in “Bombshell” presented a much different challenge. Unlike Charlize Theron’s Megyn Kelly and Nicole Kidman’s Gretchen Carlson, Robbie’s character is fictional, a composite created by screenwriter Charles Randolph to illustrate Ailes’ late-stage sexual harassment and abuse — just before his Shakespearean downfall in the summer of 2016.

I didn’t understand her to begin with,” Robbie says. “But my process is to do a ton of research, consider every single option, know every single situation, scenario, thought and motivation inside and out, so I can step onto set and then let it all go.

She set about figuring Kayla out, using a methodology “Bombshell” director Jay Roach calls “a nerdy desire to get it all down.” She watched the Fox News shows Kayla would have liked, and created a fake Twitter account so she could observe the performative opinionating of “young millennial conservative girls.” (Robbie wouldn’t specify whom she followed, but picture the Tomi Lahrens of the world.)

And she perfected Kayla’s speaking voice, twisting her Australian drawl into a perky Floridian lilt. Roach urged Robbie to watch footage of Katherine Harris, Florida’s former secretary of state, who became famous during the aftermath of the Bush v. Gore presidential election of 2000 and was played by Laura Dern in Roach’s 2008 HBO movie “Recount.” Harris grew up privileged and evangelical in Florida, as did Kayla. “I just love the sounds of her vowels — they’re incredible,” Robbie says. But Harris wasn’t her sole touchpoint: “Every day, I’d do the monologue from ‘Legally Blonde,’” she says, citing Reese Witherspoon’s Elle Woods as the type of character who is “incredibly smart” but “underestimated because of their looks.”

Robbie’s hard work in “Bombshell,” which was released by Lionsgate, has paid off. She will compete in the supporting actress category this week at the Golden Globes, as well as for outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 19. She is a front-runner for an Oscar nomination.

The awards recognition capped off a year in which Robbie created a stir with her affectionate portrayal of Tate in “Once Upon a Time” and filmed “Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn,” a spinoff from the 2016 film “Suicide Squad” that she conceived more than four years ago. The movie, which Robbie stars in and produced, hits theaters on Feb. 7. She is currently shooting James Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad,” a sequel to the original film, in Atlanta. It’s slated for release Aug. 6, 2021.

Full interview: variety.com