Joel Kinnaman Replacing Tom Hardy as Rick Flagg in 'Suicide Squad'
Last month, we heard the unfortunate news that Tom Hardy had walked away from Suicide Squad. Scheduling conflicts were cited, but word on the street is that Hardy became part of the project without seeing a script, and once the project started moving along, he wasn't interested in where things were headed. When Hardy left, there were rumblings that Jake Gyllenhaal may take over the role, which would have been great. But instead, The Wrap reports we've been downgraded severely with RoboCop remake star Joel Kinnaman playing Rick Flagg, the leader of the group of supervillains hired for dangerous missions.
Kinnaman isn't a terrible actor, but going from Tom Hardy to "The Killing" star just makes this comic book flick far less exciting, especially with bland actor Jai Courtney on board too. But at least Will Smith and Margot Robbie are still on board, and hopefully Jared Leto will give a worthy performance as The Joker. With this last bit of major casting done, production can march onward to begin in April. While I'm still excited to see how this project comes together, it's truly a shame that Hardy didn't stick with this one. Here's hoping director David Ayer still has all the talent he needs to make this a hit for DC and Warner Bros.