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Ella Jay Basco Cast as Cassandra Cain in Cathy Yan’s ‘Birds of Prey/Harley Quinn’ Movie

Cathy Yan and Margot Robbie have found their Cassandra Cain in Ella Jay Basco. 

The upcoming Birds of Prey movie is well into casting and is expected to go into production soon. Basco’s Cassandra Cain will join Robbie’s Harley Quinn, Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell’s Black Canary, and Ewan McGregor’s villain, Black Mask.

Cassandra Cain. (Courtesy of DC Comics)

The official synopsis is that Harley and the Birds of Prey team up to protect Cassandra Cain from Black Mask, a kingpin in Gotham City’s criminal underworld.

Cain is the daughter of David Cain and Lady Shiva, with the latter being rumored to be part of the movie. Cain is the future Batgirl and is an expert assassin. For much of her life, she is deprived of human contact and is conditioned to be the world’s greatest assassin like her parents. 

The focus on Cassandra Cain has had fans ask whether the biggest member of Birds of Prey will be joining the ensemble too. Barbara Gordon’s Batgirl is not expected to be in this movie as WB may want to introduce her in her solo movie. Screenwriter Christina Hodson scripted Birds of Prey and was tasked with Batgirl after impressing WB with her Birds of Prey script.

Barbara Gordon donned the title of Oracle when she was a member of Birds of Prey and can very well still be on the team, just not as Batgirl. Regardless, Cassandra Cain will be the first Batgirl to be featured in a live-action adaptation since Alicia Silverstone’s turn in Batman & Robin in 1997.

Birds of Prey is slated to be released on February 7, 2020.

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