"John Wick" director Chad Stahelski has been tapped to ramp up the action in the upcoming Harley Quinn movie "Birds of Prey."
Stahelski, who began as a stuntman, will design new action scenes for the movie, which stars Margot Robbie as the DC antiheroine. Stahelski’s company, stunt firm 87 Eleven, has already been working on the movie.
Cathy Yan ("Dead Pigs') is making her big studio debut as director on the DCEU film and will work with Stahelski, who'll be heading up the second unit, on the new shoots.
Having a separate filmmaking team shoot the action isn't unusual. As happened in the MCU: Argentinian filmmaker Lucrecia Martel, who was being courted to direct the "Black Widow" movie said she was told by Marvel, "Don’t worry about the action scenes, we will take care of that." (She turned down the film, saying, "Well I would love to meet Scarlett Johansson but also I would love to make the action sequences.")
"Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)" is set for a February 2020 release date.
In the film, Quinn teams up with Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and the Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) to take on a crime lord named Black Mask ( Ewan McGregor).
Stahelski began his career in the stunt world as Keanu Reeves’s double in "The Matrix." His second unit work includes "Ninja Assassin, "The Hunger Games, " and "Captain America: Civil War."
If the Oscars had a stuntwork category, Stahelski would surely have a shelf full by now.
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
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