Messina will portray Victor Zsasz, a serial killer who has appeared in various mediums, including a stint on Fox’s Gotham. Wong, on the other hand, will appear as an associate of Rosie Perez’s Renne Montoya at the Gotham City Police Department.
Wong is best known for her Netflix comedy specials, Baby Cobra and Hard Knock Wife. Messina recently starred alongside DCEU alum Amy Adams in HBO’s Sharp Objects.
Birds of Prey will see Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) team up with Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), and Renne Montoya (Perez). The plot will center around the group attempting to protect Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco) from the main antagonist of the film, Black Mask (Ewan McGregor).
Yan, best known for her film Dead Pigs, is set to direct the female-centric film. Robbie is also attached as a producer and has been heavily involved in the development of the film.
Robbie had this to say about the project:
“Actually, the ones that excite me most don’t have superpowers at all but they have, you know, pretty great backstories and all could kind of live in the world with Harley and create this cool dynamic. Because I don’t think girl groups… I mean all my girlfriends, we’re a huge girl gang and we’re not all the same person, everyone’s very different. I guess I was really trying to put that on screen — the way we exist in everyday life as a big girl gang. Why can’t we watch that in films more?”
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Birds of Prey hits theaters February 7, 2020