Peter Capaldi sports an uncharacteristic haircut in a photo from the set of James Gunn's The Suicide Squad. The sequel-reboot to David Ayer's Suicide Squad started filming last month, shortly after Gunn confirmed its full cast in mid-September. Capaldi is but one of several DC movie newcomers who will appear in the requel, along with Idris Elba, John Cena, Alice Braga, Nathan Fillion, Storm Reid, and many other names. Meanwhile, Suicide Squad stars Viola Davis, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, and Joel Kinnaman are all back for another mission with the worst heroes ever.
Saved for the returning actors and minor characters like Polka-Dot Man (David Dastmalchian), there's still a lot of mystery around who's playing who in The Suicide Squad. Capaldi has been similarly tight-lipped about his character in the film, but says his role required him to shave his head in order to wear the necessary prosthetics. A newly-released image from the movie's set confirms the Doctor Who veteran has, in fact, chopped off his silver locks for the project.
The Suicide Squad costar Mayling Ng (who also played an uncredited role in Wonder Woman) posted a photo of herself alongside Capaldi on the film's set to her Instagram account, revealing Capaldi with his freshly-trimmed head. Check it out, below.
Part of the fun of having so many actors onboard for The Suicide Squad is that it increases the odds of their characters suffering a premature death in the movie. One of the widespread criticisms of Ayer's Suicide Squad was that it didn't really tap into the potential of premise, where any members of the Squad could die at any time. That's not to say the team made it out of their last mission in one piece (RIP Slipknot and El Diablo), but the characters who perished were either under-developed and/or their demises were telegraphed early on. By comparison, The Suicide Squad features so many characters that it's safe to assume a number of them are going to bite the dust before the film is over. Even Gunn is warning fans to not "get too attached" to anyone in the movie.
In other words, Capaldi could just as easily be playing a key member of the Squad as he could someone who shows up for a scene or two before being killed. The Suicide Squad wouldn't be the first comic book film to introduce a bunch of characters before quickly killing them off either, after last year's Deadpool 2 pulled a similar twist with its version of X-Force. And given Gunn's twisted sense of humor, there's a reasonable chance his DC movie will feature an equally high number of comical deaths. Capaldi has proven he's not averse to dark comedy with his work as the foul-mouthed Malcolm Tucker from The Thick of It, so it's not hard to envision him signing on for The Suicide Squad just so he can die in a comically abrupt fashion, either.
Source: Mayling Ng