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Joel Kinnaman to replace Tom Hardy as Rick Flag in Suicide Squad

02.13.2015

Looks like Warner Bros has found the replacement for Tom Hardy in SUICIDE SQUAD. The rebooted ROBOCOP himself, Joel Kinnaman, will take the role of the Squad's leader in David Ayer's DC Comics adaptation. The Wrap reports that multiple sources have Kinnaman landing the role but nothing is officially confirmed yet from the studio.

Hardy was originally named to the role alongside Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney, and Cara Delevinge. Viola Davis was later added as Amanda Waller (yet to be official) and Jesse Eisenberg may appear as Lex Luthor. Hardy had to leave the project due to scheduling conflicts with Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu's THE REVENANT as well as the promotional obligations for MAD MAX: FURY ROAD. Jake Gyllenhaal was amongst several names floated for the role of Rick Flag. Kinnaman has been on the uptick since his breakout role in the American version of THE KILLING. He already had a career in his native Sweden before landing parts in THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, CHILD 44 (also with Tom Hardy), ROBOCOP, and the upcoming Liam Neeson movie RUN ALL NIGHT.

SUICIDE SQUAD is set to begin shooting soon and David Ayer has been sharing a lot of stuff on Twitter. Hopefully we can now call the cast complete and let the shooting begin. SUICIDE SQUAD is slated to hit theaters on August 5, 2016.

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8:22AM on 02/15/2015

Movie keeps getting more C listed by the minute.

Is this a theatrical film or a tv movie? At this point I wouldn't know with the degrading cast list that keeps being announced. Sure they have Jared Leto but he is basically the only one worth a damn these days.
Is this a theatrical film or a tv movie? At this point I wouldn't know with the degrading cast list that keeps being announced. Sure they have Jared Leto but he is basically the only one worth a damn these days.
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8:16AM on 02/15/2015
I wouldn't try to sell Joel Kinnaman on us with Roboflop. Can't say I am really that excited for this film. Its going to be difficult to pull off. Not happy with some of the casting choices. Kinda glad Hardy pulled out as it will not taint his great career run thus far.
I wouldn't try to sell Joel Kinnaman on us with Roboflop. Can't say I am really that excited for this film. Its going to be difficult to pull off. Not happy with some of the casting choices. Kinda glad Hardy pulled out as it will not taint his great career run thus far.
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1:18AM on 02/15/2015

Nice

Started watching The Killing, and I think he is a fantastic fit for the Flagg jr. role. First saw him in Robocop (not down on that film as much as some others), and he definitely brought something to the role. Say what you will about Ayers, but he always pulls out fantastic performances from his actors (even in Sabotage, which was butchered by the studio), so I have high hopes for Suicide Squad (we'll see, too, if he can pull out some of that Spartacus charisma that put Jai Courtney on
Started watching The Killing, and I think he is a fantastic fit for the Flagg jr. role. First saw him in Robocop (not down on that film as much as some others), and he definitely brought something to the role. Say what you will about Ayers, but he always pulls out fantastic performances from his actors (even in Sabotage, which was butchered by the studio), so I have high hopes for Suicide Squad (we'll see, too, if he can pull out some of that Spartacus charisma that put Jai Courtney on everyone's radar).
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6:33PM on 02/14/2015
This is good news, Kinnaman is a very solid actor. He's a good choice for Flag. I trust David Ayer to bring us a damn good 'Suicide Squad' film.
This is good news, Kinnaman is a very solid actor. He's a good choice for Flag. I trust David Ayer to bring us a damn good 'Suicide Squad' film.
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1:02AM on 02/14/2015

Nice photoshop job on that headline photo

And anything with Jai Courtney in it will be garbage ...
Don't get me wrong, I loved him in Spartacus. But considering his recent job resume, I wonder how he still gets movie roles.
And anything with Jai Courtney in it will be garbage ...
Don't get me wrong, I loved him in Spartacus. But considering his recent job resume, I wonder how he still gets movie roles.
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11:03PM on 02/13/2015

Boom, I called this last month when Hardy dropped out.

He was awesome in The Killing, and although Robocop was mediocre, it wasn't his fault. There are a lot of other actors I would have preferred, but Kinnaman will do fine.
He was awesome in The Killing, and although Robocop was mediocre, it wasn't his fault. There are a lot of other actors I would have preferred, but Kinnaman will do fine.
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9:08PM on 02/13/2015
Awesome. He'll do a great job.
Awesome. He'll do a great job.
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7:52PM on 02/13/2015
I was hoping for Travis Fimmel from Vikings, but Kinnaman should do fine.
I was hoping for Travis Fimmel from Vikings, but Kinnaman should do fine.
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6:42PM on 02/13/2015

what about Jai Courtney?!

he's part of the squad too! just kidding. everyone hates that guy.
he's part of the squad too! just kidding. everyone hates that guy.
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6:40PM on 02/13/2015
Not a bad choice at all. He'll do the job just fine.
Not a bad choice at all. He'll do the job just fine.
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5:35PM on 02/13/2015
I actually think with Leto, Robbie, and Smith involved a lesser known actor is a good idea for Flagg. I know Robbie is not a huge name yet but her star is growing and people are familiar with her because she got so much recognition for her work with Wolf of Wall Street. It does suck that Hardy left but it seems like people who watched "The Killing" are behind this guy. Hardy was not my choice to leave this movie, but this could be a blessing in disguise.
I actually think with Leto, Robbie, and Smith involved a lesser known actor is a good idea for Flagg. I know Robbie is not a huge name yet but her star is growing and people are familiar with her because she got so much recognition for her work with Wolf of Wall Street. It does suck that Hardy left but it seems like people who watched "The Killing" are behind this guy. Hardy was not my choice to leave this movie, but this could be a blessing in disguise.
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5:57PM on 02/13/2015
May I ask who you hoped would leave the movie?
May I ask who you hoped would leave the movie?
7:55PM on 02/13/2015
Courtney or Smith. The more and more I think about the less I actually have a problem with their casting but it would have been awesome to see Hardy headline this beast.
Courtney or Smith. The more and more I think about the less I actually have a problem with their casting but it would have been awesome to see Hardy headline this beast.
12:47AM on 02/14/2015
Hardy would have made a good Deadshot. He has that edge where he can be likeable, but completely merciless (see Warrior). Smith is too tongue in cheek for the role. Maybe he'll be able to restrain it for a film, but it's been a long time since he's done it.
Hardy would have made a good Deadshot. He has that edge where he can be likeable, but completely merciless (see Warrior). Smith is too tongue in cheek for the role. Maybe he'll be able to restrain it for a film, but it's been a long time since he's done it.
5:34PM on 02/13/2015
I'm cool with this cast. No major complaints. Even though he's a great actor, the only one that doesn't excite me is Will Smith. Interested to see if he gets upstaged by one of these young bucks.
I'm cool with this cast. No major complaints. Even though he's a great actor, the only one that doesn't excite me is Will Smith. Interested to see if he gets upstaged by one of these young bucks.
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8:52PM on 02/13/2015
Really? You're happy with the casting of a model who's never acted before as one of the leads? Not to mention an actress who's never done an action sequence hiring on to play a character who in the comics fights hand to hand with Batman? Yeah, how could either of those go wrong?
Really? You're happy with the casting of a model who's never acted before as one of the leads? Not to mention an actress who's never done an action sequence hiring on to play a character who in the comics fights hand to hand with Batman? Yeah, how could either of those go wrong?
9:54PM on 02/13/2015
Hey, everyone's got to start somewhere. Sometimes these models turned actresses do well.

So, yes...really. Best believe this cast looks tight to me.
Hey, everyone's got to start somewhere. Sometimes these models turned actresses do well.

So, yes...really. Best believe this cast looks tight to me.
2:51AM on 02/14/2015
@Des1, stop using that same argument about Margot Robbie everytime someone comments on the casting, it's getting tiresome & I get thats your opinion, but learn to accept others as well. Plus she was great in Wolf Of Wall Street & has what one more role in Focus.
@Des1, stop using that same argument about Margot Robbie everytime someone comments on the casting, it's getting tiresome & I get thats your opinion, but learn to accept others as well. Plus she was great in Wolf Of Wall Street & has what one more role in Focus.
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5:24PM on 02/13/2015
I loved him on "The Killing", so what the hell, I am good with this casting. I imagine its not a big role now though.
I loved him on "The Killing", so what the hell, I am good with this casting. I imagine its not a big role now though.
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5:22PM on 02/13/2015
I mainly care about Will Smith, Jared Leto and Margot Robbie. I did care about Tom Hardy as Flag but Kinneman feels like a token replacement and not exactly inspired or equally exciting.
I mainly care about Will Smith, Jared Leto and Margot Robbie. I did care about Tom Hardy as Flag but Kinneman feels like a token replacement and not exactly inspired or equally exciting.
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5:17PM on 02/13/2015
Nice.
Nice.
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4:49PM on 02/13/2015
Warner Brothers are really scraping the bottom of the talent barrel now. Wow its just a trainwreck at this point.

If they pull this off it will be a damned miracle.
Warner Brothers are really scraping the bottom of the talent barrel now. Wow its just a trainwreck at this point.

If they pull this off it will be a damned miracle.
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5:03PM on 02/13/2015
Bottom of the barrel? This is one of the more promising up and coming actors out there. He'll act circles around half this cast.
Bottom of the barrel? This is one of the more promising up and coming actors out there. He'll act circles around half this cast.
5:17PM on 02/13/2015
Up and coming? When is that going to happen? He's been around for years.

If you think this is an ok swap for Tom Hardy or Jake Gyllenhal next I will be even more shocked.
Up and coming? When is that going to happen? He's been around for years.

If you think this is an ok swap for Tom Hardy or Jake Gyllenhal next I will be even more shocked.
4:34PM on 02/13/2015

Hell yeah

Twice the actor as Hardy. He was phenomenal as Holder on THE KILLING. He kicked ass as Robocop. He deserves to be a star. One of my favorites.
Twice the actor as Hardy. He was phenomenal as Holder on THE KILLING. He kicked ass as Robocop. He deserves to be a star. One of my favorites.
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8:53PM on 02/13/2015
Wow.....just, no.....
Wow.....just, no.....
4:29PM on 02/13/2015
This guy's a baller.
This guy's a baller.
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4:28PM on 02/13/2015

Why not?

You've lready got a woman who's never done an action sequence playing an action hero and another one who's never acted before. This guy is practically Duvall compared to that.
You've lready got a woman who's never done an action sequence playing an action hero and another one who's never acted before. This guy is practically Duvall compared to that.
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5:29PM on 02/13/2015
Dude we get it. Every Suicide Squad story that has been posted you have to point that Margo Robbie has never action before; did you way the same thing when Scarlett Johansson was cast as Black Widow? Or when Emily Blunt was cast in Edge of Tomorrow? Many recent action movies have proved actors that have not traditional done action movies can still be successful, so Robbie can be perfectly fine in action as well as any one else. This Cara person could be perfectly fine as well, hell many Bond
Dude we get it. Every Suicide Squad story that has been posted you have to point that Margo Robbie has never action before; did you way the same thing when Scarlett Johansson was cast as Black Widow? Or when Emily Blunt was cast in Edge of Tomorrow? Many recent action movies have proved actors that have not traditional done action movies can still be successful, so Robbie can be perfectly fine in action as well as any one else. This Cara person could be perfectly fine as well, hell many Bond girls didn't have acting experience and many of them have been fine as well. Surprisingly enough I'm not upset about Jai Courtney's casting mainly because there are enough people in here to offset him. Plus Ayer manages to get alot of people; he actually got an excellent performance from Shia Lebouf. I'm not a DC fanboy who just eats up everything they do but also don't like to jump on the hate bandwagon before any footage has been seen from the movie.
8:59PM on 02/13/2015
You know, it's so funny.....when Gal Gadot (a solid actress who's very beautiful) was cast as Wonder Woman there were howls of outrage here over how she didn't "physically" fit the part (i.e. she didn't look Amazon enough and she needed bigger boobs). Now suddenly it doesn't matter if you have a model who's never even attempted an action sequence in the role of an action star.

I've got news for you.....none of the Bond girls were required to be a believable badass that could fight other
You know, it's so funny.....when Gal Gadot (a solid actress who's very beautiful) was cast as Wonder Woman there were howls of outrage here over how she didn't "physically" fit the part (i.e. she didn't look Amazon enough and she needed bigger boobs). Now suddenly it doesn't matter if you have a model who's never even attempted an action sequence in the role of an action star.

I've got news for you.....none of the Bond girls were required to be a believable badass that could fight other super-villains and superheroes straight up. I know Robbie looks good naked, but that hardly qualifies her for the part. I guess I'm just annoyed that virtually no one even notices. It would be like casting Jay Baruchel as Batman and hearing people say, "It will be great because he really does cool things with his voice and he's funny!"

Has there even been one story out with Robbie talking about how she's taking fighting classes to prepare for the role? You get Evans or Hemsworth in a superhero role, and they're working out for a year to get ready for it. I get the impression Robbie is expecting to wear something that shows off her tits and assuming that's all she needs to do. The really sad part is all the comic book geeks who normally insist on sticking to the source material being so happy to see her tits that they don't care if she can actually play the character.
4:14PM on 02/13/2015
I really liked Kinnaman as Holder on the underrated show The Killing. He was great and brought some much needed charm to a very serious and gritty series. That being said, he is better as a supporting player, I can not see him as the leader of the Suicide Squad with such personalities as Will Smith, Leto, and company.
I really liked Kinnaman as Holder on the underrated show The Killing. He was great and brought some much needed charm to a very serious and gritty series. That being said, he is better as a supporting player, I can not see him as the leader of the Suicide Squad with such personalities as Will Smith, Leto, and company.
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4:13PM on 02/13/2015

Nice choice

I like Kinnaman. Wasn'ta huge fan of the Robocop remake, but that had no reflectionon him as I thought he did fine work as he always does. Good for him, I hope this works out.
I like Kinnaman. Wasn'ta huge fan of the Robocop remake, but that had no reflectionon him as I thought he did fine work as he always does. Good for him, I hope this works out.
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4:13PM on 02/13/2015
I'm sure he'll do a fine job given his experience.
I'm sure he'll do a fine job given his experience.
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4:01PM on 02/13/2015
Who?
Who?
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