Joel Kinnaman Replacing Tom Hardy as Rick Flagg in 'Suicide Squad'

February 13, 2015
Source: The Wrap

Suicide Squad / Joel Kinnaman

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.

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Reader Feedback - 18 Comments


That's too bad they didn't get Gyllenhaal, especially after seeing Nightcrawler

HarryFiddleSticks on Feb 13, 2015


Great choice. He is great in the Killing.

David Diaz on Feb 13, 2015


So much fuss and cynicism over Rick Flagg and Boomerang in a movie where Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Jared Leto have bigger roles, with possibly with Viola Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, and Ben Affleck in there.

JDubs on Feb 13, 2015


Which is probably why he left. I've seen Hardy in supporting roles for a long time, but since TDKR he's been a lead role (i'm sure there's an exception or two), and I can't recall Will Smith ever taking a non lead since.... uhh... Where the Day Takes You?? I'm not talking co-starring either. That spy rom-com with hardy/pine/witherspoon, the fighter, after earth, hitch... they are still starring roles. Gotta agree with both Jon Odishaw and JDubs. Cast is too stacked, only viable reason could be is the is their Avengers and everyone's getting a franchise outta this.

Akirakorn on Feb 13, 2015


Hardy didnt leave cause of that. He had conflicting schedules.

Rock n Rollllll on Feb 13, 2015


You actually believe that PR release? Come on, now. I read just yesterday that the real reason is he expressed interest at first when there was no script. Upon reading the script he passed. Makes sense to me. He's way, way above this comic book movie stuff. Oops, he did do Batman, didn't he? Sorry, my bad. I still think, as an actor, he's much better than these kinds of movies.

Bo on Feb 14, 2015


You mean actors like Robert Downey Jr, Michael Fassbender, Benicio Del Torro, Christian Bale, Hugo Weaving, Hugh Jackman, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, James McAvoy, Jack Nicholson, Josh Brolin, Patrick Wilson, etc.....? You're right, all these actors are low grade and not above "these kinds of movies" huh? I'm afraid they're not on the same page as you, Bo.

Rock n Rollllll on Feb 15, 2015


Come on, Rock n Rolllll....the truth of the matter is you like these comic book movies and fill the need to protect that. Right? That's cool. I've no trouble with that. I think the movies stink and are way too low brow to even consider worthy of discussion. So? Is my opinion going to shake your tree? As far as Downey Jr. he's become a joke; Fassbender only hurts himself doing the stupid X-Men movies; I don't like the Batman movies but they aren't as junk-filled immature silliness as Avengers, X-Men, etc. so Bale gets off the hook just a bit; Hugh Jackman is a gay man trying desperately to appear like he's not so I feel for his plight, but don't respect his acting; Dean Morgan is hardly in the league of Hardy or any of these others you mentioned for that matter; Morgan Freeman believes his media hype....blah blah blah...shall I go on? It's just my opinion, man. If you take it personally and get offended and insecure within yourself because of my expressions of them....then that's on you. But surely you don't do that, do you? I wouldn't think so. We just disagree and that's doesn't bother me in the least. I enjoy disagreements concerning films, actors, culture, etc. and discussing them on a high level and not on the 'playing in the sandbox' grade-school level name-calling nonsense many of the guys on this site engage in. So, back to Hardy and his bailing out of this crap after reading the script. I had lost a little respect for him, but he's gained it back. Ya think he cares? care, Rolllllllllllllllllllll..........

Bo on Feb 15, 2015


Well shi+, i had a great response for you but for some reason didnt show up as i tried to post it, so oh well......nevermind it. I think i'll just change direction and ask you if you're a type of cinema enthusiast?

Rock n Rollllll on Feb 15, 2015


Cinema enthusiast? Ummmm....maybe I used to be, but not so much today as there's not much to be enthusiastic about. I grew up and got involved in films (as both an actor and writer) loving actors in movies such as Brando in On the Waterfront and Streetcar Named Desire; Paul Newman in The Hustler and Cool Hand Luke and Hud; Peter O'Toole in Lawrence of Arabia; even Steve McQueen in Magnificant Seven and The Great Escape and Bullit; of Gene Hackman in The French Connection; DeNiro in Taxi Driver, Godfather ll, Raging Bull; Pacino in Panic In Needle Park, Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico; and so many others, but you get my drift. Movies changed...for me and my ilk, in the mid to late '70s when Lucas and Spielberg came along with the blockbusters made for the herd mentality and films became less an art form and an expression from artists and more of a crowd-pleasing huge money making corporate endeavor. Then came the comic book movies and the actors that are in them and I was forever out in the's cool. Things change. Along with it culture changes. Yea, I'm critical in my opinions of actors and movies and the modern pop culture in general. That would include music and the singers and songwriters of today. I was lucky to be just out of high school when the Beatles and the Stones hit; then came Jethro Tull, Led Zeppelin, The Moody Blues, Dylan, of course, Simon and Garfunkel and on and on. The films and the music/lyrics of that era changed my life; changed the way I saw life and how I thought. I was lucky. I don't see that type of impact today on young people from comic book movies and music from Kanye West et al; our popular culture spits out celebrities with influence like Kim Kardasian and the like. Pretty hollow and shallow. So, opinions are critical, but so what? It won't make a difference, but better to live one's life to the sound of your own drummer and avoid the herd and mass mentality and collective insanity. But hey, that's just my opinion. I would hope, if you are a cinema enthusiast yourself, that you would have or will check out some of the films and actors I mentioned above. Peace, Rock!

Bo on Feb 16, 2015


This is Firstshowing please leave your DC appreciation at the door.

Rauncor on Feb 13, 2015


I think the less firepower they get the better. If history has shown anything its that a stacked cast works out less than you'd think.

Jon Odishaw on Feb 13, 2015


Like your attitude.

Rock n Rollllll on Feb 13, 2015


Its easy when Jared Leto and Will Smith are two of your favourite actors...anyone else is just a bonus for me.

Jon Odishaw on Feb 13, 2015


I actually kinda like Kinnaman. Charming dude.

Nielsen700 on Feb 13, 2015


Still intrigued.

mooreworthy on Feb 13, 2015


Super. Really happy about this swap. Actually seems more fitting for the role.

DAVIDPD on Feb 15, 2015


Terrible! 🙁

MLTC on Feb 17, 2015

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