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Cara Delevingne, Jared Leto, Will Smith confirmed for 'Suicide Squad' cast

"We look forward to seeing this terrific ensemble, under [David] Ayer's amazing guidance, give new meaning to what it means to be a villain and what it means to be a hero," says Warner Bros. boss Greg Silverman.

By Karen Butler
Cara Delevingne, Jared Leto, Will Smith confirmed for 'Suicide Squad' cast
Actor Jared Leto is to play the Joker in the supervillain ensemble picture "Suicide Squad." He is pictured here cradling the Best Supporting Actor Oscar he won for his role in "Dallas Buyers Club" this year. UPI/Jim Ruymen | License Photo

BURBANK, Calif., Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney and Cara Delevingne are to star in the upcoming supervillain ensemble movie Suicide Squad, Warner Bros. said.

The casting was confirmed Tuesday following weeks of leaks and speculation. The announcement was made by Greg Silverman, president of creative development and worldwide production for Warner Bros. Pictures.

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Smith will play Deadshot, while Hardy has been cast as Rick Flagg, Robbie as Harley Quinn, Leto as the Joker, Courtney as Boomerang and Delevingne as Enchantress. Fury director David Ayer is helming the movie, which is set for release Aug. 5, 2016.

"The Warner Bros. roots are deep on this one," Silverman said in a statement. "David Ayer returns to the studio where he wrote Training Day and brings his incredible ability to craft multidimensional villains to this iconic DC property with a cast of longtime Warner collaborators Will Smith and Tom Hardy, and other new and returning favorites: Margot, Jared, Jai and Cara. We look forward to seeing this terrific ensemble, under Ayer's amazing guidance, give new meaning to what it means to be a villain and what it means to be a hero."

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