Jake Gyllenhaal Turns Down Role in ‘Suicide Squad’

By Kevyn Cortez | 2 years ago
Jake Gyllenhaal Turns Down Role in ‘Suicide Squad’

Last week, it was reported that Tom Hardy has walked away from David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad,” with Warner Bros. eyeing Jake Gyllenhaal to take over the role. However, recent reports suggest that Gyllenhaal has turned down to play the role. Read on for more details on this story.

According to Variety, “Nightcrawler’s” Jake Gyllenhaal has passed on to play the lead role of the Suicide Squad. Gyllenhaal is set to star in a couple of film this year including “Southpaw,” “Everest” and “Demolition.” “Suicide Squad” won’t start shooting until April, so Ayer has plenty of time to find a replacement, although it might not fare well for the role of Rick Flag with two actors passing it up. According to recent rumors, Hardy left the project due to problems with the script, finding it “too focused” on Will Smith and Jared Leto’s character. Warner Bros. has still no comment regarding the issue.


Moreover, Cinemablend reports two new names that might take up Rick Flag’s role — Joel Edgerton (“Warrior”) and Jon Bernthal (“The Walking Dead”).

“Suicide Squad,” also known as “Task Force X,” is an antihero team of incarcerated supervillains who act as deniable assets for the United States government, undertaking high-risk black ops missions in exchange for commuted prison sentences.  The group operates out of Belle Reve Penitentiary, under the directorship of Dr. Amanda Waller. In the graphic novels, the most common members of Suicide Squad include Bronze Tiger and Deadshot, although Batman villain Quinn has become the face of the group since the launch of the New 52. The group was also featured in an episode on The CW’s “Arrow.”

Ayer, who also wrote the screenplay for “Suicide Squad,” is tied to direct the pic. Ayer is known for his work in “Training Day” as a writer, as well as directing the recent war pic “Fury,” which stars Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf and Logan Lerman. “Suicide Squad” launches their attack on the big screens on Aug. 5, 2016.

That’s it for our latest scoop on Warner Bros.’ “Suicide Squad.” For more updates on your favorite TV shows, celebrities, events and upcoming pics, make it a habit to visit Movie News Guide (MNG).

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