Nathan Fillion and Taiki Waititi sign up for ‘The Suicide Squad’…

James Gunn is drafting in some old friends for the upcoming 'The Suicide Squad' anti-hero sequel...

Nathan Fillion, of Firefly, Castle, The Rookie and Uncharted fan-film fame, is joining the line-up for The Suicide Squad, to be directed by James Gunn. Gunn took the directing duties while his position with Marvel‘s  Guardians of the Galaxy 3 was still unclear and it’s been agreed he will helm Warner/DC‘s The Suicide Squad (a sequel to the less specific Suicide Squad)  before starting full production on the third Guardians of the Galaxy movie.  Fillion has worked with Gunn before: on the horror movie Slither and also making a sneak appearance in the first GotG movie, buried under a lot of prosthetics and CGI as an alien prison inmate.

In addition, Taiki Waititi, the New Zealand director who helmed the third Thor movie (Ragnarok) to a franchise best – and who was also seen as a potential ‘Guardians…‘ directing replacement at one point – also looks to be on board for an unknown Suicide Squad role in front of the camera. He’s having a busy time…  October brings Waititi’s  surreal wartime drama JoJo Rabbit (based on Christine Leunene’s novel Caging Skies)  to the screen. It’s  the story of a young Hitler Youth member whose parents are secretly hiding a Jewish girl in the family home. As well as directing, Waititi plays the boy’s imaginary friend, a somewhat less imposing version of Adolf Hitler).

Waititi has directed an episode of upcoming Star Wars spin-off series The Mandalorian and is already down to direct the next Thor movie, Love and Thunder (which should lens sometimes in early 2020). He’s  also been linked to the reboots of  both the Time Bandits and Flash Gordon concepts.