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Tom Hardy has dropped out of Suicide Squad; Jake Gyllenhaal may replace him

01.15.2015

After the blockbuster cast announcement for SUICIDE SQUAD, David Ayer's DC Comics movie has already lost of of it's stars. Tom Hardy has dropped out of the film for undisclosed reasons, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Theories have an extended shoot on THE REVENANT opposite Leonardo DiCaprio or the upcoming media slate for MAX MAX: FURY ROAD as being possible reasons, but for know we need to know who will replace Hardy as the Squad's leader, Rick Flagg.

According to The Wrap, that replacement may already be found. Ayer may be able to get his END OF WATCH star Jake Gyllenhaal for Hardy's vacated role. This could be an interesting change as Gyllenhaal has previously muscled up for roles in PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME and Antoine Fuqua's upcoming SOUTHPAW.

SUICIDE SQUAD still has a stellar cast in Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney and Cara Delevigne. Rumors have also circulated that Jesse Eisenberg may appear as Lex Luthor and Viola Davis may have a multi-picture deal to appear as Amanda Waller in this film and others in the DC Cinematic Universe. It remains to be seen if Hardy's exit will impact any of the other cast-members, but we will let you know when we hear anything.

SUICIDE SQUAD is slated to hit theaters on August 5, 2016.

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9:21AM on 01/16/2015

shit.

he was the only casting i liked for this, this now screams shitfest to me.
he was the only casting i liked for this, this now screams shitfest to me.
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6:36AM on 01/16/2015
Tom Hardy was one of the plus points of Suicide Squad cast but always thought he was misplaced in Rick Flagg's role and may have been under-utilized in the end. Tom is too badass for that character. Now if he was Deadshot, that would have been another story. Always wanted Tom as Deadshot even before they announced the movie.
Tom Hardy was one of the plus points of Suicide Squad cast but always thought he was misplaced in Rick Flagg's role and may have been under-utilized in the end. Tom is too badass for that character. Now if he was Deadshot, that would have been another story. Always wanted Tom as Deadshot even before they announced the movie.
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9:11AM on 01/16/2015
I totally agree with you. When I heard he was in I thought he was going to be a shoe-in for Deadshot. I just don't see Will Smith in the role.
I totally agree with you. When I heard he was in I thought he was going to be a shoe-in for Deadshot. I just don't see Will Smith in the role.
10:19PM on 01/15/2015
Since I have no freaking clue who Rick Flagg is I don't really care! Tom Hardy is an excellent actor and thought he should be in a more iconic role.
Since I have no freaking clue who Rick Flagg is I don't really care! Tom Hardy is an excellent actor and thought he should be in a more iconic role.
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10:15PM on 01/15/2015
Maybe that means more Max in the future? Can't be attached to all these franchises right? He's too damn good for that and imho, Hardy not being at least nominated for a Golden Globe for Locke was an ooutright travesty.
Maybe that means more Max in the future? Can't be attached to all these franchises right? He's too damn good for that and imho, Hardy not being at least nominated for a Golden Globe for Locke was an ooutright travesty.
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9:16PM on 01/15/2015
This is the 3rd Alex article I read today and all I have to say is... Don't you proofread?
Anyway... Hardy dropping out makes me weary. I really like him.
This is the 3rd Alex article I read today and all I have to say is... Don't you proofread?
Anyway... Hardy dropping out makes me weary. I really like him.
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8:49PM on 01/15/2015

Now all we need is...

...for Jai Courtney and Will Smith to drop out and we're good.
I'm sorry but Jai Courtney's face just pisses me off.
...for Jai Courtney and Will Smith to drop out and we're good.
I'm sorry but Jai Courtney's face just pisses me off.
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8:00PM on 01/15/2015
I REALLY like Tom Hardy. But I feel fine about this one. Maybe it's a lack of investment in the project (it's still my most anticipated DC movie for having David Ayer as the director), but I also don't know that I want Hardy to be playing the straight man in an ensemble that's already overloaded with actors (and characters) destined to steal the show (if played right).
I REALLY like Tom Hardy. But I feel fine about this one. Maybe it's a lack of investment in the project (it's still my most anticipated DC movie for having David Ayer as the director), but I also don't know that I want Hardy to be playing the straight man in an ensemble that's already overloaded with actors (and characters) destined to steal the show (if played right).
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6:29PM on 01/15/2015

This article...

Needs a good copy edit.
Needs a good copy edit.
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6:12PM on 01/15/2015
May be someone at Marvel spoke to him... not to offer a role or anything... but just to say...Tom...don't be a fucktard.
May be someone at Marvel spoke to him... not to offer a role or anything... but just to say...Tom...don't be a fucktard.
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5:53PM on 01/15/2015

Yeah............

In my opinion you need to set the universe up for these people to inhabit before you make this film. People need to know their motivations, their defects. You can't depend upon introductions through tv show because most people do not know who Harley or Deadshot is on the Big Screen. I loved the Dirty Dozen concept but don't rush it.
In my opinion you need to set the universe up for these people to inhabit before you make this film. People need to know their motivations, their defects. You can't depend upon introductions through tv show because most people do not know who Harley or Deadshot is on the Big Screen. I loved the Dirty Dozen concept but don't rush it.
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8:28PM on 01/15/2015
Your argument makes no sense...you love the Dirty Dozen concept but don't like this? Were the characters in The Dirty Dozen set up by a handful of universe-establish films? No.
Your argument makes no sense...you love the Dirty Dozen concept but don't like this? Were the characters in The Dirty Dozen set up by a handful of universe-establish films? No.
8:50PM on 01/15/2015
Did the characters in the Dirty Dozen have superpowers? If not then you make the film a clusterfuck of narrative to explain what's going on.
Did the characters in the Dirty Dozen have superpowers? If not then you make the film a clusterfuck of narrative to explain what's going on.
4:34AM on 01/16/2015
Your arguments would have some validation if this were a Dirty Dozen remake but this is Batman's Rogue Gallery we are talking about. Villians who have prominence within the universe that DC are setting up. Setting aside the Joker none of the Suicide Squad have been hinted at, never mind cameoed in any movies so far.
Your arguments would have some validation if this were a Dirty Dozen remake but this is Batman's Rogue Gallery we are talking about. Villians who have prominence within the universe that DC are setting up. Setting aside the Joker none of the Suicide Squad have been hinted at, never mind cameoed in any movies so far.
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5:15PM on 01/15/2015

Jake a solid replacement

This happens all the time and the cast is still great. Stop with this you feel everyone dropping out, its only one and the movie is still a go..
This happens all the time and the cast is still great. Stop with this you feel everyone dropping out, its only one and the movie is still a go..
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4:54PM on 01/15/2015
Well my one and only interest for this just fell out from under...
Well my one and only interest for this just fell out from under...
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4:49PM on 01/15/2015
I feel like everyone is gonna start dropping out now. I don't know why, I just feel like that.
I feel like everyone is gonna start dropping out now. I don't know why, I just feel like that.
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4:46PM on 01/15/2015
Was almost too many big names in this movie when they announced it. I had my money on Will Smith being the one to bail on it first.
Was almost too many big names in this movie when they announced it. I had my money on Will Smith being the one to bail on it first.
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4:41PM on 01/15/2015
Really wish it were Jai Courtney instead.
Really wish it were Jai Courtney instead.
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4:18PM on 01/15/2015

Run Forest, Run!

Get as far from this train wreck as possible. Margot Robbie as an action hero? Cara Delevingne as an actress? Jai Courtney? Pass.....
Get as far from this train wreck as possible. Margot Robbie as an action hero? Cara Delevingne as an actress? Jai Courtney? Pass.....
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4:03PM on 01/15/2015
Good, he's far too talented to get stuck in DC's shameless impatient cash grab.
Good, he's far too talented to get stuck in DC's shameless impatient cash grab.
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3:56PM on 01/15/2015
Bummer. Now let's get Jai Courtney and Jared Leto out.
Bummer. Now let's get Jai Courtney and Jared Leto out.
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3:55PM on 01/15/2015

Ugh

Wish it was Jai dropping out BUT Jake is more than capable.
Wish it was Jai dropping out BUT Jake is more than capable.
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3:31PM on 01/15/2015

Kind of happy he's out...

Since he's played Bane and etc it's kind of nice he had to drop out and we can get someone else in that role. Love Gyllenhall, if he does get tapped I'm totally happy!
Since he's played Bane and etc it's kind of nice he had to drop out and we can get someone else in that role. Love Gyllenhall, if he does get tapped I'm totally happy!
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3:24PM on 01/15/2015

Ugh, why couldn't that asshat Jai quit?

I can't stand Jai Courtney, he ruins everything.
I can't stand Jai Courtney, he ruins everything.
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4:12PM on 01/15/2015
this turd is pre-ruined.so maybe he should stay.
this turd is pre-ruined.so maybe he should stay.
3:20PM on 01/15/2015
Probably for the best. Gyllenhaal was great in Nightcrawler, and he'd be great for this. Almost definitely more bankable than Hardy, too.
Probably for the best. Gyllenhaal was great in Nightcrawler, and he'd be great for this. Almost definitely more bankable than Hardy, too.
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3:11PM on 01/15/2015
That sucks. But at least they're getting an actor just as great to replace Hardy for the role.

But it Gyllenhaal does indeed sign on, then there goes my top choice for the new Green Lantern.

The better headline would have been Jai Courtney drops out of Suicide Squad.
That sucks. But at least they're getting an actor just as great to replace Hardy for the role.

But it Gyllenhaal does indeed sign on, then there goes my top choice for the new Green Lantern.

The better headline would have been Jai Courtney drops out of Suicide Squad.
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10:50AM on 01/16/2015
can i ask, you have an issue witha black johnny storm but not a black deadshot. just wondeering what the difference is? why is a black storm an issue but a black deadshot aint?
can i ask, you have an issue witha black johnny storm but not a black deadshot. just wondeering what the difference is? why is a black storm an issue but a black deadshot aint?
3:09PM on 01/15/2015
Good replacement but still getting the confusingly titled "this is a bad idea" rating since Hardy is my favorite actor working today
Good replacement but still getting the confusingly titled "this is a bad idea" rating since Hardy is my favorite actor working today
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4:02PM on 01/15/2015
I routinely encounter headlines and stories on this site that neither warrant a "hip to this" nor "this is a bad idea." A lot of the time it is nonsensical.
I routinely encounter headlines and stories on this site that neither warrant a "hip to this" nor "this is a bad idea." A lot of the time it is nonsensical.
3:22AM on 01/16/2015
Fuzz - Hmm. I'm not fussed one way or the other either but because I don't know the source material. To be fair though people can reasonably vote on whether they like Gyllenhaal for the role or not or express whether they are glad or upset about Hardy's departure. Seems valid to me.
Fuzz - Hmm. I'm not fussed one way or the other either but because I don't know the source material. To be fair though people can reasonably vote on whether they like Gyllenhaal for the role or not or express whether they are glad or upset about Hardy's departure. Seems valid to me.
9:00AM on 01/16/2015
MovieManiac, you miss my point. I don't mean it as a comment of the books or the actor. What I'm referring to is the choice of rating is either "I'm hip to this news" or "This is a bad idea." For example, reading a review of Blackhat, if I disagree, my choice is "This is a bad idea." What is? Is it a bad idea for Michael Mann to make this movie? Or it's a bad idea to make a movie about? Or does it mean it's a bad idea for the reviewer to give this Michael Mann movie a good rating or a bad
MovieManiac, you miss my point. I don't mean it as a comment of the books or the actor. What I'm referring to is the choice of rating is either "I'm hip to this news" or "This is a bad idea." For example, reading a review of Blackhat, if I disagree, my choice is "This is a bad idea." What is? Is it a bad idea for Michael Mann to make this movie? Or it's a bad idea to make a movie about? Or does it mean it's a bad idea for the reviewer to give this Michael Mann movie a good rating or a bad one? It's not clear.
3:08PM on 01/15/2015
Darn, i was really hoping for Hardy to finally play a good comic book villain. Oh well, maybe next time
Darn, i was really hoping for Hardy to finally play a good comic book villain. Oh well, maybe next time
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7:55PM on 01/15/2015
Is Rick Flagg a villain?
Is Rick Flagg a villain?
12:13AM on 01/16/2015
I really dont know, i was under the assumption that all the characters are villains who are forced to go on a mission for the government. I was just making a stab at Bane from "The Dark Knight Rises".
I really dont know, i was under the assumption that all the characters are villains who are forced to go on a mission for the government. I was just making a stab at Bane from "The Dark Knight Rises".
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