Idris Elba to Replace Will Smith in “Suicide Squad 2” (Report)

Idris Elba
Idris Elba attends the 'Yardie' press conference during the 68th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at Grand Hyatt Hotel on February 22, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. (Denis Makarenko / Shutterstock.com)

Idris Elba may be replacing Will Smith and suiting up as Deadshot in “Suicide Squad 2”.

According to reports, the actor is the “first and only choice” of director James Gunn and Warner Bros. to play the superhero in the upcoming sequel.

This news comes after Will Smith left the role in late February over scheduling conflicts. Smith’s decision was considered amicable between him and the studio. Fellow cast members including Margot Robbie, who played Harley Quinn in 2016, have not been confirmed for the sequel.

About Suicide Squad:

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LONDON – AUG 03, 2016: Margot Robbie and Will Smith attend the Suicide Squad film premiere on Aug 03, 2016 in London (Twocoms / Shutterstock.com)

Suicide Squad is a 2016 superhero movie based on the DC Comics series. The film is written by and directed by David Ayer. The ensemble cast included several A-list talents including  Will SmithJared LetoMargot RobbieJoel KinnamanViola DavisJai CourtneyJay HernandezAdewale Akinnuoye-AgbajeIke BarinholtzScott Eastwood, and Cara Delevingne.

Suicide Squad Box Office

Following a strong debut and breaking new box office records, the movie made $746 million worldwide. That said, it received negative reviews from critics, bashing the film’s plot, direction, and characters while praising Robbie’s acting.  The film was nominated and won multiple awards including an Oscar for Best Makeup and Hairstyling at the 89th Academy Awards, it was the first film in the DCEU to win an Academy Award.

“Suicide Squad” 2 is expected to film in Atlanta, Georgia this fall and hit theaters on August 6, 2021.

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