David Ayer to direct ‘Suicide Squad’ movie in Toronto

David Ayer, pictured in October 2014, will direct the 'Suicide Squad' movie. Anthony Harvey / Getty Images

TORONTO — Warner Bros. and DC Comics will shoot the Suicide Squad movie next year in Toronto, Global News has learned.

David Ayer, who directed Brad Pitt’s war movie Fury, has signed on to helm the big-budget production, which has the working title Bravo 14.

Cameras will roll from mid-April until the end of August, with filming scheduled to take place at Pinewood Toronto Studios and at various locations around the city.

The movie will star Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Viola Davis, Cara Delevingne and Jared Leto.

The Suicide Squad, which first appeared in DC Comics in 1959, is a team of super villains tasked with carrying out dangerous missions for the U.S. government in exchange for reduced prison sentences.

The movie is scheduled to open in cinemas on Aug. 5, 2016.

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Suicide Squad will pump millions into Toronto’s economy and give the city’s film industry a welcome boost.

The sci-fi adventure Pixels, starring Adam Sandler and Josh Gad, was shot in Toronto this summer.

Spotlight, with an all-star cast including Rachel McAdams, Stanley Tucci, Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Live Schreiber and Billy Crudup, wraps production in the city this week.

Earlier this month, production of Idol’s Eye, starring Robert Pattinson and Robert DeNiro, was cancelled just as cameras were set to roll.

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