A month ago, it was announced that Idris Elba was replacing Will Smith in the role of Deadshot in James Gunn’s upcoming The Suicide Squad. Now, Variety is reporting that, while Elba will star in the film, it will no longer be in the role of Deadshot.
Instead, the trade says that Gunn has decided to move on from the Deadshot character and that Elba will now be playing a new character. It is unknown, however, what that new character is.
The move leaves the door open for Smith to possibly come back in future films as Deadshot, since he had to leave the project due to scheduling and not creative differences.
In related news, TheWrap is reporting that Viola Davis will return as Amanda Waller in the sequel, coming to theaters on August 6, 2021.
Margot Robbie, who plays Harley Quinn, is currently filming the Birds of Prey spinoff but is not confirmed to be back yet for The Suicide Squad. Jai Courtney recently revealed that his character, Captain Boomerang, will return.
With a release date set for August 6, 2021, Warner Bros. Pictures is hoping to start production this fall. Charles Roven and Peter Safran will produce the feature. Zack Snyder and Deborah Snyder will serve as executive producers.
Directed by David Ayer, the first Suicide Squad also stars Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Adam Beach, Cara Delevingne, Karen Fukuhara, Jay Hernandez, Joel Kinnaman, and Jared Leto. Suicide Squad cost about $175 million and grossed an impressive $746.8 million worldwide.