With “Suicide Squad” nearing its filming, Warner Bros. (WB) have to step up their game in finding their Rick Flag. While talking to USA Today, “Suicide Squad” cast members, Will Smith and Margot Robbie, address the role vacancy. Read on for more details on this story.
Ever since Tom Hardy left Suicide Squad, the role of Amanda Waller’s Task Force X leader has been completely vacated. Hardy, who was set to play Rick Flag, has walked away from the project, with rumors suggesting that the actor left the project, finding the script “too focused” on Will Smith and Jared Leto’s character. Since his departure, WB has been eyeing “Nightcrawler” star Jake Gyllenhaal to replace Hardy, with Gyllenhaal unfortunately passing up the role.
While speaking with USA TODAY, Will Smith and Margot Robbie, who are part of David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad” sits down and shares their insights on the role Hardy left.
“This happens all the time, People act like, ‘Oh my god, the movie must be ending!’ It’s just the deal with movies.” Not to mention “a lot of the characters haven’t been portrayed before so it’s a pretty big undertaking,” Robbie told USA Today.
Meanwhile, Smith thinks that one of the factors why the role is hard to fill is David Ayer’s turning in of his script just before Christmas.
“What happens is Hollywood shuts down. But he was still working and he wanted to (start shooting) April 13th. So it takes a couple weeks to gear back up at the top of the year and people have taken (other) movies. He’s moving really quickly,” Smith explained.
Smith is set to play one of DC’s deadliest assassins, Deadshot, while Robbie is set to play Harley Quinn, opposite Jared Leto’s the Joker. Along with Smith and Robbie are A-list celebs who will be playing villains from DC’s gallery of rogues, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang and Cara Delevingne as the Enchantress. “How to Get Away With Murder”’s Viola Davis is set to play Amanda Waller.
According to recent reports, WB is eyeing “Warrior’s” Joel Edgerton and Jon Bernthal, who played Shane on AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” to fill in the role Hardy left.
“Suicide Squad” takes over the big screens on Aug. 5, 2016
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