Due to scheduling conflicts, Will Smith bows out of Suicide Squad

Idris Elba
TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 10: Actor Idris Elba speaks to the media at the premiere of “The Mountain Between Us” during the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 10, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by J. Countess/WireImage)

Sources tell Variety that Idris Elba is Warner Bros. choice to replace Will Smith as Deadshot in the “Suicide Squad” sequel.

Smith had to bow out of the upcoming sequel of Suicide Squad due to scheduling conflicts, and rather than replacing the character as a whole, the studio has made an actor change.

It’s unknown who else will be joining Elba in the sequel, though many believe Margot Robbie will return as Harley Quinn in what is called a soft reboot. After his dismissal from Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol.3, James Gunn was tapped to write and direct the 2016 sequel. As of today, the release date for the film is currently Aug. 6, 2021.

The original “Suicide Squad” starring Smith, Jared Leto and Margot Robbie became a massive box office hit grossing $746 million worldwide in 2016.

Elba is set to be busy as he also starring in the upcoming Netflix series “Turn Up Charlie,” which bows this spring. Along with the news that Elba will be apart of the Worlds Of DC, the actor will be apart of Dwayne Johnson’s “Hobbs and Shaw” Fast and Furious Spin Off.

Ananth Para
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