Idris Elba Replacing Will Smith as Deadshot in James Gunn’s ‘Suicide Squad’ Sequel

IndieWire | 8/6/2021 | Staff
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James Gunn has found his new Deadshot: Idris Elba. According to Variety, Elba is stepping into the role originally played by Will Smith in David Ayer’s 2016 comic book tentpole “Suicide Squad.” Gunn is writing the new “Suicide Squad” movie and is being eyed to direct the project as well. The new “Suicide Squad” is Gunn’s first movie since being fired from “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” by Disney over controversial jokes from his past.

Smith announced earlier this month he would be bowing out of his Deadshot role because of “scheduling conflicts.” The actor, who stars as the Genie in Disney’s live-action “Aladdin,” is currently in production on “Bad Boys 3.” Variety reports Gunn and Warner Bros. worked fast to secure an A-list actor to replace Smith, with Elba being one of the top choices. Gunn and Elba had a meeting in person and reportedly hit it off.

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Elba’s casting confirms Deadshot will be continuing in the “Suicide Squad” franchise. Not much is known about the plot of Gunn’s movie,...
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