Idris Elba May Replace Will Smith in ‘Suicide Squad’ Sequel

Idris Elba could soon be playing DC assassin anti-hero Deadshot.

Last week came word that Will Smith would not be returning to play the character in a Suicide Squad sequel, with scheduling issues being cited as the reason for his exit. Well, now it appears that Warner Bros. may have a replacement in their sights.

According to THR, Elba is now in talks with the studio to take on the role of Deadshot in The Suicide Squad, which is being directed by former Marvel director James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy 1 & 2). Word is that Elba is the only actor WB is looking at for Deadshot after an initial meeting between Elba and Gunn went very well. Variety‘s sources and write-up of the news has Elba as basically a lock in for the role.

WB is moving quickly into the casting stage following their hiring of Gunn, who has also penned the screenplay. Gunn is reportedly looking at crafting a sequel with DC characters that weren’t in the first film, although Deadshot and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) are expected to return. There’s also the possibility that Rick Flagg, who was played by Joel Kinnaman in the original, could also be returning.

The Suicide Squad is scheduled for Aus release on August 5 and US release on August 6, 2021.

As usual, Elba is quite the busy man. He has Netflix comedy series Turn Up Charlie arriving in around a week and will be seen taking on Dwayne Johnson & Jason Statham in Fast & Furious spinoff Hobbs & Shaw, in cinemas August.

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