‘Suicide Squad’ Sequel Removes Deadshot, Idris Elba Still on Board

James Gunn’s Suicide Squad sequel, titled simply The Suicide Squad, will not feature the character of Deadshot.

News broke in early March that Will Smith would not be returning in the follow up to DC‘s Suicide Squad and that the role of Deadshot would instead go to Idris Elba. Well, it turns out that Deadshot is no longer in the line-up, although Elba is still attached to the film.

According to Variety, Elba will be playing a new character – just which character remains under wraps for now. There are a couple of potential reasons being reported: giving Elba a new character avoids disrespecting Smith’s work giving Deadshot his big screen debut, and this would also keep the door open for Smith to possibly revisit the character in future DC instalments.

So far the original cast members returning are Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, and potentially Viola Davis as high-ranking US government official Amanda Waller. The latter, reports Deadline, is so far “unclear.”

Gunn will be directing The Suicide Squad from a screenplay he wrote. The film is currently set for US release on August 6, 2021.

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