Tom Hardy Leaves 'Suicide Squad,' Jake Gyllenhaal May Step Up

January 15, 2015
Source: THR

Tom Hardy / Jake Gyllenhaal

Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney and Cara Delevingne were all ready for the Suicide Squad in the Warner Bros. Pictures production of the DC Comics property. However, THR reports that the film has lost one of those key players with The Dark Knight Rises villain Tom Hardy dropping out of the project that will be directed by David Ayer. However, the studio isn't wasting any time finding a replacement as they already have their eyes on Jake Gyllenhaal to take the now vacant role of Rick Flagg, the leader of this group of villains forced by the government to carry out dangerous missions. Read on!

Hardy reportedly couldn't make the film work with his schedule since he's currently in production on The Revenant with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and the film will be shooting a little longer than initially planned. So Hardy wouldn't be available to shoot Suicide Squad in time for the film to meet the August 5th, 2016 release date. That's a shame since Hardy was certainly one of the biggest selling points of this film, but the cast is still fantastic, and if they can get Gyllenhaal, who worked with Ayer on End of Watch, on board, then that will be just fine. Otherwise, we'll see Tom Hardy this summer in Mad Max: Fury Road.

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  • Jon Odishaw
    This has me feeling very Aladeen
  • JBroti
  • Franklin Carpio
    Yea, I haven't watched Nightcrawler yet but I hear its phenomenal. Buttttttt I would of much rather see Tom Hardy in the role. Regardless I am excited to see how this turns out.
  • Rock n Rollllll
  • Mike Zarquon
    Well Tom Hardy can't be at two places at one time. I am sure they can find another replacement actor. This is not unusual in the movie industry. I can't wait till to see the Mad Max movie.
  • mooreworthy
    It is well within my soul.
  • ragethorn
    Donnie Darko FTW
  • Chris Groves
    One of those scenarios where you are kind of swapping a cool piece of the machine out for a more or less equal quality replacement part. Neither of these are bad choices, they are a little different....but they are both equally interesting to see in the film.
  • Dave
    Damn, i would have loved to watch HIM in this role!!! But it's a 'luxurious' problem to have as an actor i quess...
  • ari smulders
    hardy packs more muscle and is more badass than gyllenhaal but both are very talented actors,so i don't mind. Only if ayer leaves the jobs it would be a big lettdown. Fury was simpley awesome!
    • Rock n Rollllll
      What you say is true.
    Well I would not really be surprised if this project loses at least one other big star before it starts shooting. Gyllenhal is great, but his gravitas is not nearly anything like Hardy's.
  • ari smulders
    true,but the first impession of hardy is more badass. Gyllenhaal is just a big talent,with or without muscles...




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