Christine Woods, Karen Fukuhara, Miyavi and Ross Partridge have joined the cast of Stray, a supernatural noir movie penned by Sleight scribes JD Dillard and Alex Theurer and to be directed by commercials helmer Joe Sill in his feature debut.

Dillard and Theurer will produce under their Engineer banner alongside Eric B. Fleischman and Sean Tabibian’s Diablo Entertainment, which is also financing. The team’s last film Sleight premiered at Sundance this year and hits theaters April 7 through BH Tilt and WWE.

Stray centers on an orphaned teenager who forms an unlikely friendship with the detective investigating her mother’s murder, and together they uncover the supernatural force that threatens her family. CAA is repping domestic rights.

Woods, who co-starred with Stephen Merchant on HBO’s Hello Ladies, is repped by Gersh and just wrapped the Netflix movie Handsome with Jeff Garlin, Natasha Lyonne and Amy Sedaris. Fukuhara, who made her film debut playing Katana in Warner Bros’ DC tentpole Suicide Squad, is repped by UTA and Energy Talent. Miyavi, whose credits include Unbroken and the upcoming Kong: Skull Island, is repped by WME.

Sill is repped by Magnolia Entertainment.


“Suicide Squad,” the upcoming DC film featuring a chilling Joker played by Jared Leto and a creepy Harley Quinn played by Margot Robbie, is fast becoming one of the most highly anticipated big screen offerings this year.

According to Deadline, the film beat out other eagerly awaited 2016 films as the most buzzed-about movie on social media in the previous week. According to ComScore, “Suicide Squad” took the top spot, generating the most social media conversations. This is a major feat considering that there are some major franchises coming out this year, including a “Star Wars” film and a “Harry Potter” spin-off.

“Suicide Squad” was followed on the list by “Rogue One: A Stars Wars Story,” the first stand-alone in the “Star Wars” anthology, and “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” a long-awaited treat for Harry Potter diehards.

The other films in the Most Talked About Movies list for June 17 to 23 included “Star Trek Beyond,” “Power Rangers,” “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” “The BFG,” “Ghostbusters,” “The Secret Life of Pets,” and “The Legend of Tarzan.”

Meanwhile, actress Karen Fukuhara recently spoke about taking on the role of Katana in “Suicide Squad,” which marks her feature film debut. In an interview with Playboy, Fukuhara spoke about what the role meant to her.

It’s rare to see an Asian female take on the role of a badass,” the actress said. “As a first-generation Japanese American, I’ve always wanted to play a samurai warrior like my ‘Suicide Squad’ character, Katana. Samurai are almost always male, so growing up in America I had a hard time figuring out role models.

According to Fukuhara, though she and Katana have different personalities, they share the same cultural upbringing and values.

In Japanese culture there’s this idea of putting others before yourself, but I’ve also never wanted to let myself down,” she said. “Someone recently told me how refreshing it is to see an Asian woman as a superhero. That stuck with me.


Among the characters being introduced to the big screen for the first time in Suicide Squad is Katana, as portrayed by Karen Fukuhara.

Prior to Warner Brothers’ The Big Picture presentation at CinemaCon in Las Vegas earleir this month, has the chance to catch up with Fukuhara to hear all about her perspective of Katana since very little has been revealed by the trailers so far.

She’s very loyal to Amanda Waller and Rick Flag,” Fukuhara says of Katana. “She works under them and keeps a rowdy bunch in line. She’s a protector and a fierce warrior.

As for her powers, Fukuhara is very excited for people to meet the Soul Taker. “She has her husband’s soul in her sword and I got to talk to Maseo throughout the film and yes, of course that’s the in the film, but you’ll have to wait and see how much of the plays into the movie.

I was really lucky because I blessed with a really great stunt double and stunt coordinator and they taught me all of the choreography during pre-production,” the actress explained. “I was able to do all of my own stunts except for one dive role, but all of my stunts. So, yeah, I got to run on top of a car, I did all of my sword work… It really made a difference when I knew everything from muscle memory and I didn’t have to think about it when the cameras were rolling.

Of course, the hottest topic of Suicide Squad came up and Fukuhara only had high praises for Jared Leto’s portrayal of The Joker. We already knew he went full-Joker mode and sent bizarre gifts to his fellow cast members but Fukuhara claims she had never even met Leto, but only Mr. J. “I’ve seen him on set, I’ve met him, I’ve introduced myself, but everything has been like, ‘Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Hi, pretty,’” Fukuhara says. “I’d be like, ‘Hi, I’m Karen,’ and he’d be like, ‘Haaaa.‘”