Immediately after Warner Bros. announced that Suicide Squad will be one of the many DC films releasing between 2016 and 2020, we received the first word on casting. The studio reportedly offered the supervillain team-up film to A-list actors Will Smith and Ryan Gosling, as well as former Bane actor Tom Hardy and The Wolf of Wall Street‘s Margot Robbie. While we don’t know where things stand with Gosling – who is also considering a couple of other tentpoles, including Marvel’s Doctor Strange – it appears that the other three may be closer to joining the project than expected.
Deadline has offered its take on this Suicide Squad news, and the trade says that both Smith and Hardy are “close” to signing the dotted line. Additionally, Robbie, who co-stars with Smith in Warner Bros.’ Focus, is now “looking likely” as well after dropping out of Dreamworks’ Ghost in the Shell. Suicide Squad will be directed by David Ayer, whose latest film, Fury, hits theaters this weekend. Justin Marks penned the script, which is said to be in the reworking stage. Additionally, Deadline reveals that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice‘s Charles Roven will produce this film.
Naturally, this news leads to speculation of who exactly these actors may play. Hardy is speculated to be playing Deadshot or Captain Boomerang – both of whom are in the original script – while Smith and Robbie had been suggested for Black Manta and Harley Quinn, respectively. While neither are in the original script, both are recent additions in the New 52, and Quinn especially has been exposed in the mainstream as a Squad member. Of course, these are only a handful of many possible options. Hopefully, we’ll receive official word soon. Suicide Squad is set to hit theaters August 5th, 2016.