Given that Peacemaker is being described as an “action-adventure-comedy” type of series, the inclusion of Brooks to the cast isn’t surprising, considering the comedic background of the actress. It’s worth noting that Brooks received two NAACP Image Award nominations for Best Actress in a Comedy series during her stint with Orange is the New Black, and this should bode well for the John Cena-led prequel series.
Deadline shared in a report that Orange is the New Black actress Danielle Brooks is joining HBO Max’s Peacemaker spinoff series. The outlet also revealed that Brooks will play a character named “Leota Adebayo,” but other details about the role are still being kept under wraps.
Brooks will join lead star John Cena, who plays Peacemaker, as well as The Suicide Squad’s Steve Agee. Aside from Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, Brooks is also known for her roles in projects such as The Day Shall Come, Master of None, and HBO Max’s Close Enough.
Along with the reveal, Peacemaker and The Suicide Squad director James Gunn shared his reaction, expressing his excitement about Brooks’ involvement in the show.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) November 11, 2020
Not much is known about the significance of Brooks’ character in the show, but it’s likely that the role of Leota Adebayo is specifically written for Peacemaker. It’s possible that Leota is romantically involved with Cena’s character or she could be one of Peacemaker’s friends, potentially serving as comedic relief for the series.