Yesterday, it was reported that actor Tom Hardy has dropped out of Warner Bros.’ DC supervillain team film, Suicide Squad. The former Bane was set to play Rick Flagg, who is commonly depicted as the leader of Task Force X. The studio is now courting Jake Gyllenhaal to replace Hardy. The reason for Hardy’s exit was said to be scheduling conflicts, as he is shooting The Revenant and promoting Mad Max: Fury Road over the next few months. However, a new report may reveal another reason behind his unexpected departure.
Latino-Review has learned that when the stars of Suicide Squad signed on, they were not given a script for the film. When Hardy was given his script, he apparently did not like it. Thus, he left the project on amicable terms, with the scheduling conflict report simply being a cover story. Rumor has it that the latest draft has given more screentime to Deadshot (Will Smith) and The Joker (Jared Leto), and there is less screentime for characters such as Flagg. This wouldn’t be a shocker, given Smith’s starpower and the huge draw that is Joker.
Assuming this report is true, it looks like there may have been more to Hardy’s exit than scheduling issues. If Flagg doesn’t have that big of a role in Suicide Squad, then perhaps Hardy figured it wasn’t worth pursuing, especially given his commitment to other projects for the next several months. However, given the fact that the movie has such a high-profile cast – particularly Jared Leto, as this is his first movie role since winning an Oscar last year – it’s surprising to think that they all signed on without reading a script. However, stranger things have happened. Stay tuned for more news as we have it.
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.