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Viola Davis has played in some major heavy-hitters within the past few years, and her star continues to rise. She’s just wrapped up her first season staring in the wildly popular ABC drama, “How to Get Away With Murder,” now everyone is talking about her role in what may be one of the most highly anticipated films of 2016, Suicide Squad.

The David Ayers-directed film follows comic supervillians Task Force X, also known as the Suicide Squad. The team of prisoners make a deal with the US government in order to reduce their sentences, and agree execute a black ops mission.

Davis plays Amanda Walker, who runs the squad. The character is well-known in the comic book world and was played by Angela Bassett in Green Lantern.

Davis told The Hollywood Reporter that she was most excited to portray Walker because she’s been a fan of comic books since she was a little girl, CinemaBlend reported.

“As a comic book and Wonder Woman fan, I love the whole DC Comics universe,” she remembered. “I traded comic books as a kid so all of that appeals to me. When you dream about being an actor as a kid, that’s what you dream about. That’s like play acting: being the superhero, getting the gun; it plays into that fantasy.”

The movie, which has a budget of $100 million, also stars Will Smith as Batman’s adversary, Deadshot, and Jared Leto as the infamous Joker.

Suicide Squad is set for an Aug. 2016 release date.