Congrats to “newcomer” Ella Jay Basco who is in negotiations to star as Cassandra Cain (AKA the future Batgirl) in Warner Bros’ Harley Quinn spin-off BIRDS OF PREY! Basco is of Korean and Filipina descent. From Variety:
Margot Robbie is back as Quinn with Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jurnee Smollett-Bell on board as Huntress and Black Canary, respectively. Ewan McGregor will play the film’s villain and Rosie Perez will portray Gotham City police detective Renee Montoya.
Cathy Yan is directing the pic with Robbie producing, along with Sue Kroll and Bryan Unkeless.
In the new film, Robbie, Winstead, and Smollett-Bell team up to protect Cain’s character when she comes across a diamond belonging to McGregor’s Black Mask, a kingpin in Gotham City’s criminal underworld.
In DC Comics, Cain is the daughter of assassins David Cain and Lady Shiva, and is deprived of speech and human contact during her childhood as conditioning to become the world’s greatest assassin. She eventually befriends Bruce Wayne and goes on to become Batgirl. It is unknown whether the Batgirl element will be included in this storyline as WB is already developing a “Batgirl” movie.