Tom Hardy Drops Out of SUICIDE SQUAD Movie

…and Jake Gyllenhaal might replace him!

Sad news today, Tom Hardy fans. It seems that the Mad Max star has dropped out of DC/Warner Bros. upcoming superhero flick, Suicide Squad, leaving the role of Rick Flag wide open. According to The Wrap, however, that spot may not be open for much longer.

Tom Hardy had to step away from Suicide Squad due to a conflict with his role on Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s The Revenant, which is going over schedule to mid-March. After that, Hardy will be busy promoting his highly anticipated blockbuster, Mad Max: Fury Road. All of that will be falling in the month of April, which is when Suicide Squad is scheduled to start production. So…yeah. Tom Hardy can’t be Rick Flag anymore.

suicide squad - Jake Gyllenhaal

Director David Ayer now has his sights set on Nightcrawler’s Jake Gyllenhaal to replace Hardy. They last worked together on End of Watch back in 2012. This plus Gyllenhaal’s subsequent roles in Prisoners and Nightcrawler earned him a few critics awards as well as a Golden Globe nomination. Granted, Suicide Squad is not at all likely to win any Oscar nominations apart from “Best Sound Mixing,” but at least we know this guy can act.

As of right now, Suicide Squad is still set to star Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Cara Delevigne as Enchantress, and Jared Leto as The Joker. Meanwhile, Viola Davis is still in negotiations to play Amanda “The Wall” Waller while Jesse Eisenberg is in talks to reprise his upcoming role as Lex Luthor.

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