Tom Hardy Leaves Behind ‘Suicide Squad,’ Jake Gyllenhaal Eyed as Replacement

By January 15, 2015
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When it was first announced that the likes of Tom Hardy, Jared Leto, Will Smith, and Margot Robbie would be joining the cast of David Ayer’s upcoming DC Comics film Suicide Squad, fan reaction was palpable. Whether some people loved the choices or hated them, they all touched a nerve of some kind, and greatly increased the level of anticipation for what will be the third official entry in Warner Bros.’ DC Cinematic Universe. Unfortunately, the film has lost one of those castmembers before its even begun shooting.

According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, Tom Hardy has had to leave production due to a scheduling conflict. It seems that his current project, The Revenant, has gone over schedule, and he won’t finish in time to be able to devote a performance to Suicide Squad. Hardy was slated to play Suicide Squad field commander Rick Flag, a military man with fierce loyalty to the institution that gave his life meaning, while often harboring a thinly-veiled instability and deep resentment of the criminals that he commands. Hardy, who previously played the DC Comics villain Bane in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, would’ve been another gem in the already star-studded cast of a film due out late next summer.

That automatically leads to the question of who will take Hardy’s place, and according to a report from The Wrap, the actor currently being eyed for the role is none other than Jake Gyllenhaal. Gyllenhaal, who previously worked with director Ayer in the action film End of Watch, has brushed the subject of DC Comics at least once before: according to well-placed sources, he was one of the finalists for the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman during the preparation phase of Christopher Nolan’s first film with the character, 2005’s Batman Begins.

Suicide Squad stars Viola Davis as Dr. Amanda Waller, Will Smith as Floyd Lawton/Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, and Jared Leto as the Joker, and will be released on August 5th, 2016. For more on this story 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, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.