How Margot Robbie Came up With the Birds of Prey Story

There is a lot of anticipation for the upcoming Birds of Prey, which hits theaters at the next year’s beginning. The DCEU will see an all-female team as the main protagonists of the story for the first time ever. In a recent interview with Total FilmBirds of Prey screenwriter Christina Hodson spoke about the meeting she had with Margot Robbie to create the story.

“Margot knew she wanted to tell a ‘Harley Quinn plus girls’ story,’ Hodson said. “That was kind of where she began with it. She knew she wanted a girl gang. She wanted Harley to have friends.”

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Then Birds of Prey star Mary Elizabeth Winstead revealed that she had a lot of fun while portraying Helena Bertinelli/Huntress (via Games Radar).

“You can expect something really fun and a bit wild and totally unique,” Winstead said. “Every day we were there, we were doing something that just felt really weird and funny and unlike anything else I’ve seen before in this genre. It was incredibly exciting to get to do that. We really got to work. We just played, and we had fun.”

Margot Robbie will be reprising her Suicide Squad role of Harley Quinn in the film, which also stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary, Ella Jay Basco as Cassandra Cain, Ewan McGregor as the villain Black Mask, Chris Messina as Victor Zsasz and Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya. Additionally, Ali Wong (Fresh Off the Boat), Robert Catrini (American Crime Story), Steven Williams (IT) and Derek Wilson (Preacher) round out the ensemble.

Cathy Yan (Dead Pigs) will direct the spin-off, making her the first female Asian director to helm a superhero film. Christina Hodson (Bumblebee) penned the script.

Birds of Prey opens in theaters on February 7, 2020. Do you expect Birds of Prey to be unlike anything else you’ve seen before in the genre? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.