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Will Idris Elba To Replace Will Smith In ‘Suicide Squad’ Sequel?

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Actors drop from movies for various reasons. There could be a major scheduling conflict or they have salary issues. If someone leaves an established role behind, there’s a good chance they’ll get written off. For one forthcoming movie, they’re looking to swap actors.

Time To Call Idris

Will Smith made his DC Extended Universe debut as Deadshot in 2016’s Suicide Squad. With $746 million earned, the film became a surprise hit to many critics. With the sequel getting ready to shoot, Smith announced he was exiting the film. The decision to leave was based on scheduling conflicts. Smith is currently working on Bad Boys 4, Gemini Man, and Bright 2.

While there are no hard feelings, Suicide Squad 2 director James Gunn wanted to fill the role. To him, Idris Elba is the perfect replacement.

Not His First Rodeo

For Elba, this won’t be his first time being part of a comic book universe. In 2010, he portrayed Roque in the film adaptation of Vertigo Comics’ The Losers. In 2011, he landed the part of Moreau in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. That year, he also earned his most noticeable role of Heimdall in Thor.

His last appearance as Heimdall was in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War. Elba has been vocal about portraying a bigger character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “It’s been great, but I kinda think I need a bit more. I want to be a superhero. I like the idea of that,” he told Entertainment Weekly. With the role of Deadshot, he could get that bigger gig but in a different universe.

In Two Years Time

Elba will be busy this summer with a starring role in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. In December, he’ll be a part of the big screen adaptation of the hit musical Cats.

The Suicide Squad sequel currently has Margot Robbie and Viola Davis reprising their respective roles. The film is slated to bring new characters into the fold to mingle with fan favorites. The sequel is set to be released on August 6, 2021.

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