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‘Birds of Prey’: Newcomer Ella Jay Basco Cast As Cassandra Cain



Warner Bros. and DC Films have found their Cassandra Cain in newcomer Ella Jay Basco.

Birds of Prey will mark Basco’s first major film role after having bit part stints on Grey’s Anatomy and Veep.

Cassandra Cain is one of the world’s greatest martial artists. In the comics she is a vigilante acting as a member of the Batman Family. She is the daughter of assassins David Cain and Lady Shiva and was bred to become the perfect killer and taught fighting as her first language, without ever learning to talk. She later rebelled against her father and became Batgirl during No Man’s Land following Barbara Gordon and Helena Bertinelli.

With Warner Bros. developing a standalone Batgirl film, it’s unclear whether Birds of Prey will incorporate any of the Batgirl elements for Cain.

Basco will star alongside Margot Robbie, who reprises her role as Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary, Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya and Ewan McGregor as Black Mask.

The Suicide Squad spin-off film will see Harley, Huntress, and Black Canary team up to protect Cain when she comes across a diamond (or another McGuffin) belonging to Black Mask, the leads the False Face Society gang in Gotham.

Director Cathy Yan will helm the film from a script by Christina Hodson. Margot Robbie will produce alongside Sue Kroll and Bryan Unkeless.

Let us know in the comments below your thoughts on Basco’s casting.

Birds of Prey is set to hit screens February 7, 2020.


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