With Tom Hardy having bowed out of David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, the anti-hero comic book film set in the same cinematic universe as next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, two names have apparently revealed themselves as possible replacements for him, now that actor Jake Gyllenhaal has reportedly removed himself from consideration.
According to a report from CinemaBlend, actors Jon Bernthal (“The Walking Dead,” Fury) and Joel Edgerton (Zero Dark Thirty, Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones) are in the running to replace Hardy as Rick Flag, the field leader for the team of DC Comics supervillains known as Task Force X, or the “Suicide Squad.” Bernthal’s name seems like a natural choice after-the-fact, since he just came off of working with Ayer in the critically-acclaimed Fury.
Edgerton, who played on of the Navy SEALS that raided Osama bin Laden’s Aghan compound in Zero Dark Thirty, also seems like a decent fit for the demanor and skill-set of Flag, a capable if slightly unstable military commander with fierce loyalty and underlying hatred for the criminals under his command.
While the other cast members, including Will Smith as Floyd Lawton/Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, and Jared Leto as the Joker are already secured, Flag will likely be a pillar of the full team, and casting will need to be finalized soon in order for the film to meet its already scheduled 2016 release date. Rumors also persist that Ben Affleck could be appearing in the film as Batman, but those are as-yet confirmed.
Suicide Squad is currently scheduled to be released on August 5th, 2016, less than five months after Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice bows in theaters. 2016 should prove to be a very interesting year for comic book cinema, but we’ll just have to wait and see how Ayer’s film finally shakes out with its casting before the cameras inevitably roll. For more on this story as it develops, keep an eye on GeekNation!
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