Written by Shona Smith on Mar 3, 2020. Posted in Production News

James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad wraps filming

James Gunn's The Suicide Squad has wrapped filming after principal production took place in Panama and in Atlanta, Georgia. Production began in late 2019, and is scheduled for release in summer 2021.

A standalone sequel to David Ayer's 2016's Suicide Squad, the upcoming feature is the eleventh film in the DC Extended Universe. Many new characters have been added to the universe played by stars such as Idris Elba (Fast and Furious: Hobbs and Shaw, Yardie) , Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit, Thor Ragnorok) and Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who, Paddington). Familiar faces will also appear, including Margot Robbie (Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood, Peter Rabbit) as Harley Quinn, Viola Davis (The Help, Scandal) as Amanda Waller and Jai Courtney (Alita: Battle Angel, I, Frankenstein) as Captain Boomerang.

Director James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) revealed that production was not the smoothest for personal reasons, taking to social media to thank crew and cast, explaining that "my father died two weeks before we started filming and my dog dies two weeks before the end. It was a hard, hard time in my life and yet the most fulfilling time I’ve ever had making a a movie. The professionalism, talent, composition and kindness of this cast and crew inspired me everyday. Thanks to everyone involved in this film, in every stage of development, in every department”.

Other cast members, shared their experience on locations in Panama with Idris Elba describing the city as “a cross between Jamaica and Cuba with a Miami skyline thrown in”.

In Panama, the production filmed in the coastal city of Colon as well as Panama City. The country has previously welcomed a big budget action movie such as 2008 Bond film Quantum of Solace which doubled Colon for Port au Prince, Haiti and Panama City for La Paz, Bolivia.

Panama provides a 15% cash rebate applying to production costs that take place in the country. Feature film, television pilots and series, TVC’s, music videos, industrial, documentaries, video games design are all covered by the rebate.

The US State of Georgia provides a generous rebate amounting to a 20% base transferable tax credit. An extra 10% is applied if Georgia is promoted with a logo on approved projects. There are no limits or caps on spend in the state.

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