Suicide Squad Struggles To Replace Tom Hardy?

Ryan Leston
UK Movies Writer

It looks as though DC’s ‘Suicide Squad’ is struggling to find a replacement for Tom Hardy… but Will Smith and Margot Robbie seem confident that things are going well.

It’s likely to be one of DC’s most important films of the next few years – ‘Suicide Squad’ sets up a number of iconic villains and might even feature a certain Dark Knight. But there’s already a bit of a problem. Following the departure of Tom Hardy, it looks as though Warner Bros. is having trouble finding an actor to step into his shoes.

But can they find their Rick Flagg Jr. before it’s too late?

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During an interview with USA Today, Will Smith and Margot Robbie discussed the upcoming ‘Suicide Squad’ movie… and why there’s still no Rick Flagg after Tom Hardy’s departure.

“We’ve still got to get it right,” said Smith. And he’s not kidding. Rick Flagg Jr. is one of the main characters in the upcoming DC adaptation… and if it’s anything like the comic books, it seems they’re currently without a leader.

But Margot Robbie explains that she’s really not concerned.

“This happens all the time,” she said. “People act like, ‘Oh my god, the movie must be ending!’ It’s just the deal with movies.”

Of course, it’s certainly not unheard of to find actors dropping out of big budget Hollywood blockbusters… but with ‘Suicide Squad’s April start-date looming, they’d better pull their socks up.

We’ve already heard that Jake Gyllenhaal has been approached for the role, but ultimately passed. And since then, it’s been all quiet on the western front. But with Rick Flagg Jr. as a relatively unknown character to the movie-going masses, will WB find someone to take it on?

“A lot of the characters haven’t been portrayed before so it’s a pretty big undertaking,” said Robbie. “And it’s a big undertaking for the people who are going to play the characters who have been played, like the Joker [played by Jared Leto]. It’s big shoes to fill.”

I can’t help thinking that for the time being, the biggest shoes to fill are those of Tom Hardy. And if the movie stands a chance at staying on time and on budget, they’re going to need to find their replacement pretty soon.

Let’s just hope that whoever takes over is the perfect fit to lead the squad.

‘Suicide Squad’ heads to cinemas on 5 August 2016.

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