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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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 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


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


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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