UPDATE: Variety reports that Jake Gyllenhaal has passed on the offer to play Rick Flagg. The search for a Tom Hardy replacement continues.
According to The Wrap actor Tom Hardy has been forced to drop out out of Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment’s upcoming Suicide Squad movie due to scheduling conflict, but word has it that David Ayer has reached out to his End of Watch star Jake Gyllenhaal to replace him. Hardy was slated to play Rick Flagg in the film.
Hardy was forced to exit the project because Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s The Revenant is going over schedule into mid-March, after which Hardy is set to go on a promotional tour for Mad Max: Fury Road which comes out on May 15. Suicide Squad goes into production in April and conflicts with his previous commitments. Gyllenhaal has previously been linked to other comic book roles including Marvel’s Doctor Strange.
The loss of Hardy is a huge blow to the production, but Suicide Squad will likely survive with it’s all star cast including Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jared Leto as The Joker, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller.
More as it becomes available…
The film is set to hit theaters on August 5, 2016.