Variety is exclusively reporting that contrary to reports last month that Idris Elba would be replacing Will Smith as Deadshot for the upcoming DC film The Suicide Squad, sources tell them that all parties, including director James Gunn, have decided to remove Deadshot entirely and Elba will now be playing a new character for the film.
The 2016 film, directed by David Ayer, followed villains such as Deadshot, Harley Quinn, the Joker, Captain Boomerang and Killer Croc, who are forced into the service of the government in exchange for lighter sentences. While the film was met with mixed reception critically, it would end up making $745m worldwide on its $175m budget.
In October of last year it was reported that James Gunn, after his firing from Guardians of the Galaxy 3 that summer over tweets from 2008 and 2009 resurfaced in which he made insensitive and controversial jokes, was brought on board by Warner Bros. to write the script for the Suicide Squad sequel.
The report states that it’s unclear as to what character Idris Elba will be playing now, but after there was discussions held over the last few weeks, everyone felt this was the correct course of action. While chances of Will Smith reprising the role are slim, considering how rare it is over the course of his career, it now still leaves the door open for him to return in the future to play Floyd Lawton aka Deadshot.
The Suicide Squad is scheduled for cinematic release on the 6th August 2021.