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Deadshot removed from Suicide Squad sequel as Idris Elba takes new role

Suicide Squad

Story by Jack Foley

DEADSHOT will no longer appear in the sequel to Suicide Squad.

Originally played by Will Smith in the critically-mauled original, the character was thought to have been re-cast in the form of British actor Idris Elba.

But according to Variety, all parties involved in the follow-up – including director James Gunn and distributor Warner Bros – have decided to move on from the Deadshot character, with Elba playing a new character completely, details of whom have been kept under wraps.

Warner Bros. had no comment.

The decision is enough to keep the door open for Smith to possibly come back in future films as Deadshot, since his original reason for leaving had to do with scheduling and not creative differences.

It also means that The Suicide Squad now looks to have included only three characters from David Ayers’ original: namely, Harley Quinn with Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney’s Captain Boomerang and Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller.

Gunn is in the process of casting the remaining team members with production expected to start in the autumn, ahead of his return to Marvel and Guardians of the Galaxy III.

The Suicide Squad is scheduled to debut on August 6, 2021.

The original film — toplined by Smith, Jared Leto and Robbie — became a massive box office hit when it was released in 2016, grossing $746 million worldwide.