One of the more exciting additions to the acclaimed ensemble cast of Warner Bros.’ Suicide Squad was Tom Hardy, who was set to play team leader Rick Flagg. The role was to be the actor’s second DC Comics role, following an iconic portrayal of Bane in 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises. However, Hardy has now dropped out of the supervillain team film, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The trade cites Hardy’s busy schedule as the reason for his departure. The actor is currently shooting The Revenant, which is now filming longer than originally planned and is expected to wrap in March. Hardy will then have to promote May 15th’s Mad Max: Fury Road, leaving him with too little time to film Suicide Squad, which begins shooting in April.
However, WB is wasting no time in finding a replacement. According to The Wrap, Jake Gyllenhaal is now being courted to play Rick Flagg. Gyllenhaal previously worked with writer-director David Ayer on End of Watch, and he is coming off of a critically acclaimed performance in Nightcrawler. THR adds that the actor has been offered the role, but his schedule may be busy too. Gyllenhaal’s Broadway play Constellations concludes in mid-March, and it’s unknown whether or not he will have enough time to prepare for a lengthy shoot. Either way, pre-production is moving quickly on this film, so more news should be announced sooner than later.
Suicide Squad is scheduled to hit theaters August 5th, 2016. The third installment in the DC Cinematic Universe stars Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevingne and Jared Leto. David Ayer writes and directs.