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Idris Elba set to replace Will Smith in Suicide Squad 2

Idris Elba as Luther

Story by Jack Foley

IDRIS Elba has reportedly replaced Will Smith as Deadshot in the Suicide Squad sequel.

Smith had to depart the upcoming DC Comics movie due to scheduling conflicts and, according to Variety, Warner Bros has acted fast to find another proven A-lister to replace him ahead of the start of production in September.

As yet, it is not clear who else will be joining Elba in the sequel, whether original cast members or newcomers. But it is widely expected that Margot Robbie will return as Harley Quinn, given that her character was a breakout success from the original, who now has her own spin-off movie on the way in the form of Birds of Prey.

James Gun, formerly of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Guardians of the Galaxy), is to write and direct the film.

The release date is currently set for August 6, 2021.

The original Suicide Squad – starring Smith, Jared Leto, Viola Davis and Robbie – became a box office hit when it was released in 2016, grossing $746 million worldwide despite largely negative reviews.

Elba is also starring in the upcoming Netflix series Turn Up Charlie, which debuts this spring. On the big screen, he’ll next be seen in The Fast and the Furious spin-off Hobbs and Shaw alongside Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, as well as Universal and Tom Hooper’s Cats adaptation with Taylor Swift, James Corden, and Jennifer Hudson.