The Hollywood Reporter has today announced that Tom Hardy, who was due to take the lead role in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad as Rick Flagg, has left the picture.
Hardy has cited scheduling as the reason for his departure from the film, due to his filming commitments on The Revenant, which is currently in production. Filming on The Revenant is taking longer than expected and shooting for Suicide Squad beings in mid-April, clashing with Hardy’s press commitments for Mad Max: Fury Road, which will see him touring the world on the promo tour when the film opens on May 15th.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jake Gyllenhaal is reportedly being tapped to succeed Hardy, however he has yet to accept the role. Gyllenhaal is currently starring on Broadway in Constellations, which is due to close mid-March, and there is some concern that this will not give him enough time to prepare for an extended shoot for Suicide Squad.
Suicide Squad charts the adventures of a group of infamous Batman villains from DC Comic lore, and will star Will Smith as Deadshot, Jared Leto as The Joker, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Boomerang and Cara Delevingne as Enchantress.