Following on from the earlier news that Tom Hardy had dropped out of Warner Brothers’ SUICIDE SQUAD, The Wrap is reporting that director David Ayer is eying Jake Gyllenhaal to take over the Rick Flag role from Hardy. Ayer and Gyllenhaal have previously worked together on the impressive END OF WATCH.
The character of Rick Flag is one who is often depicted as the leader of the Suicide Squad, so he’s expected to play a pivotal part of the villain-centric movie. As for Gyllenhaal, this isn’t the first time he’s been talked about for a superhero project. The actor was extremely close to playing Spider-Man in Sam Raimi’s trilogy of films, with him also talked about for Batman, Doctor Strange and Green Hornet.
Despite Hardy’s departure, SUICIDE SQUAD still has a cast that includes Jared Leto as The Joker, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Will Smith as Deadshot, Jai Courtney as Boomerang, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller.
SUICIDE SQUAD is currently set for an August 5th, 2016 release.
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