Joel Kinnaman Up for Rick Flag Role in ‘Suicide Squad’

By February 13, 2015

Warner Bros.’ second major DC Comics film of next year will be David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, which has assembled an all-star cast including Will Smith as the assassin Deadshot, Margot Robbie as the quirky Harley Quinn, and Jared Leto as the iconic Joker. One of the actors that had initially been cast, Tom Hardy, had to bow out of the film due to a scheduling conflict with a project running over its alotted time. Now, though, we may have an idea of who could be replacing him when the film hits theaters next summer.

According to Variety, actor Joel Kinnaman is now up for the role of the team’s field leader Rick Flag. Kinnaman apparently beat out many other prospective actors for the role, which Variety described as being “highly coveted” by any actors between the ages of 28 and 40, as well as detailing that Warner Bros. is conceiving the film as a sort-of Ocean’s Eleven version of comic book adaptations, necessitating top tier talent to join the cast. Kinnman’s last run-in with niche cinema was as Officer Alex Murphy in director Jose Padilha’s remake of RoboCop, which was a commercial failure in the United States but managed to gross nearly $200 million overseas. Kinnaman is also known to audiences as one of the stars of “The Killing,” a series which began life on AMC and finished out its run on Netflix.

The role of Rick Flag should prove to be one of the more interesting additions to the film’s cast. He’s normally been shown operating as the team’s field leader: after suffering trauma as a young man, he has a fierce loyalty to the military for giving him a purpose, but often harbors a thinly-veiled instability and a deep resentment of the criminals that he commands. Kinnaman generally shows impressive range as an actor, and it’s relatively easy to imagine a certain intensity from him for this part.

Suicide Squad is scheduled to begin production this spring for an August 5th, 2016 release. For more info on the film as it develops, keep an eye on GeekNation!

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation,, The Huffington Post, and He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.