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Will Smith and Margot Robbie offer details on Rick Flag and Suicide Squad

02.11.2015

When the cast for SUICIDE SQUAD was revealed back in December, David Ayer's DC Comics adaptation instantly because big news thanks to the sheer starpower on display. With Tom Hardy, Jared Leto, and Will Smith at the forefront, SUICIDE SQUAD looked like a big win for Warner Bros. Then, just a couple of weeks ago, Tom Hardy dropped out of the project and replacement Jake Gyllenhaal passed on the role of Rick Flag. Obviously red alerts went up all over the Internet.

With their sexy thriller FOCUS set to open this month, Will Smith and Margot Robbie, co-stars in SUICIDE SQUAD as Deadshot and Harley Quinn respectively, we asked by USA Today what happened with Hardy and the state of the Rick Flag role.

Here's what Smith had to say.

"[David Ayer] turned the screenplay in before Christmas. What happens is Hollywood shuts down. But he was still working and he wanted to (start shooting) April 13th. So it takes a couple weeks to gear back up at the top of the year and people have taken (other) movies. He's moving really quickly."

Margot Robbie offered this up as well.

"It's almost impossible to get a movie all together when there are two main cast members, let alone an ensemble cast with everyone's schedules. It's crazy if it works out."

Some theorize that the Rick Flag role may have been larger when Hardy accepted it and when Smith signed up, his role was reduced. Or, it could just be the sheer magnitude of juggling all of these high profile stars in a single film could not be accomplished. Hopefully we get official word soon on who will play Flag, but from the looks of it, Ayer is ready to get rolling on this film as soon as the pieces are in place.

SUICIDE SQUAD hits theaters on August 5, 2016.

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Source: USA Today

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11:10PM on 02/11/2015
The fact that ONLY the Rick Flag role has had turnover makes me think it's more to do with scheduling than anything else.
The fact that ONLY the Rick Flag role has had turnover makes me think it's more to do with scheduling than anything else.
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8:41PM on 02/11/2015
I hope Will Smith can keep his ego in check and not to steal anyone's scene. And no Jaden Smith either!
I hope Will Smith can keep his ego in check and not to steal anyone's scene. And no Jaden Smith either!
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10:06AM on 02/12/2015
Good call i forgot about the ego
Good call i forgot about the ego
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6:53PM on 02/11/2015
This is going to be fantastic! David Ayer is one of the best young directors working today. I'm really happy that WB/DC are hiring such great talent for all of these comic book films.
This is going to be fantastic! David Ayer is one of the best young directors working today. I'm really happy that WB/DC are hiring such great talent for all of these comic book films.
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6:53PM on 02/11/2015
The second Will Smith tries to get Jaden a role I'm out
The second Will Smith tries to get Jaden a role I'm out
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8:41PM on 02/11/2015
I totally agree.
I totally agree.
4:24PM on 02/11/2015
There`s two main actors BUT it`s a ensemble cast lol.I`m guessing Will Smith and Margot Robbie are the main characters and everyone else is standing behind them.This is what happens when you cast a alpha male like Will Smith he isn`t going too let another actor overshadow him,whatever.Still should be a great movie,fingers crossed.David Ayer post behind the scenes stuff on his twitter [link] bus vs piled up cars? ">
There`s two main actors BUT it`s a ensemble cast lol.I`m guessing Will Smith and Margot Robbie are the main characters and everyone else is standing behind them.This is what happens when you cast a alpha male like Will Smith he isn`t going too let another actor overshadow him,whatever.Still should be a great movie,fingers crossed.David Ayer post behind the scenes stuff on his twitter [link] bus vs piled up cars?
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8:11PM on 02/11/2015
i think she's referring to other movies, almost every movie, which have 2 main actors, (lead actor, lead actress) being difficult to arrange........let alone one that has an ensemble........like this one.......
i think she's referring to other movies, almost every movie, which have 2 main actors, (lead actor, lead actress) being difficult to arrange........let alone one that has an ensemble........like this one.......
9:19PM on 02/11/2015
@TomThumb right on the money.
@TomThumb right on the money.
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4:17PM on 02/11/2015

Doesn't matter, it's still going to suck....

The cast is two big actors, one empty slot, an actress who's never done an action movie playing a badass, Jai Courtney (who everyone agrees sucks), and a non-actress. That's an ensemble?

This this is going to be epically bad.....
The cast is two big actors, one empty slot, an actress who's never done an action movie playing a badass, Jai Courtney (who everyone agrees sucks), and a non-actress. That's an ensemble?

This this is going to be epically bad.....
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4:23PM on 02/11/2015
Dude shut the fuck up with the same old tired "This movie is gonna suck" routine. It's just boring and played out. See the movie then say it sucks, or don't see it at all. I'm not excited to see this, but i'm not gonna formulate an opinion until i see it.
Dude shut the fuck up with the same old tired "This movie is gonna suck" routine. It's just boring and played out. See the movie then say it sucks, or don't see it at all. I'm not excited to see this, but i'm not gonna formulate an opinion until i see it.
5:06PM on 02/11/2015
I dont agree Courtney sucks.....
I dont agree Courtney sucks.....
5:48PM on 02/11/2015
You think a movie where one of the 6 headliners has never acted before is a surefire hit? Name me the action movie (or even action sequence) Margot Robbie has participated in? We don't even have all 6 characters yet because Hardy thought it wasn't worth his time.

It has all the elements of sucking, not to mention it's a movie about virtually unknown villains being hired to commit crimes by the government. If you think there's a big market for that kind of comic film, please show me the
You think a movie where one of the 6 headliners has never acted before is a surefire hit? Name me the action movie (or even action sequence) Margot Robbie has participated in? We don't even have all 6 characters yet because Hardy thought it wasn't worth his time.

It has all the elements of sucking, not to mention it's a movie about virtually unknown villains being hired to commit crimes by the government. If you think there's a big market for that kind of comic film, please show me the previous successes.
6:55PM on 02/11/2015
You should probably see the movie first before you start talking shit about it.
You should probably see the movie first before you start talking shit about it.
7:43PM on 02/11/2015
Come on Des1, give the movie a chance... It's not like they took a black actor to play a white part as in FF... Oups, my bad...
Come on Des1, give the movie a chance... It's not like they took a black actor to play a white part as in FF... Oups, my bad...
9:19AM on 02/12/2015
So the question isn't whether or not Robbie can actually give a worthwhile dramatic/comedic performance, but if she can convincingly throw a punch? Seriously? You realize a good portion of the action will be done by stunt people, right? Fight choreography has more to do with dance than actual fighting skill.

I bet if it was a world class gymnast, you would be complaining about her not being a proven dramatic/comedic actor. Some people can just find anything to complain about.
So the question isn't whether or not Robbie can actually give a worthwhile dramatic/comedic performance, but if she can convincingly throw a punch? Seriously? You realize a good portion of the action will be done by stunt people, right? Fight choreography has more to do with dance than actual fighting skill.

I bet if it was a world class gymnast, you would be complaining about her not being a proven dramatic/comedic actor. Some people can just find anything to complain about.
3:23PM on 02/11/2015
If Hardy left the film because of his role being reduced due to Smith and his character, then that really sucks. I think we all know which actor we would rather see in this film instead of the other.
If Hardy left the film because of his role being reduced due to Smith and his character, then that really sucks. I think we all know which actor we would rather see in this film instead of the other.
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3:59PM on 02/11/2015
I'd rather see Will Smith. Say what you want about his recent movies, but Smith is a great actor with long history of quality performances. I like Tom Hardy as much as the next guy, but I'm way more excited about the potential of Will Smith re-igniting his career with this high profile role, over another Tom Hardy movie (he seems to be in a lot of movies recently). I do like Hardy a lot, but he already was in a superhero movie as Bane, and I have a pet peeve about seeing the same actor play 2
I'd rather see Will Smith. Say what you want about his recent movies, but Smith is a great actor with long history of quality performances. I like Tom Hardy as much as the next guy, but I'm way more excited about the potential of Will Smith re-igniting his career with this high profile role, over another Tom Hardy movie (he seems to be in a lot of movies recently). I do like Hardy a lot, but he already was in a superhero movie as Bane, and I have a pet peeve about seeing the same actor play 2 distinct superheroes (like Chris Evans), so I really don't mind that he dropped out.
4:16PM on 02/11/2015
LOL....Will Smith re-igniting his career in a movie with Jai Courtney, Margot Robbie as an action star and Cara Delevingne?

He had a better supporting cast in After Earth.
LOL....Will Smith re-igniting his career in a movie with Jai Courtney, Margot Robbie as an action star and Cara Delevingne?

He had a better supporting cast in After Earth.
3:10AM on 02/12/2015
Have to agree with Des1 on this one.
Have to agree with Des1 on this one.
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3:05PM on 02/11/2015
Sigh.... We aren't gonna see a Bad Boys 3 movie. Are we, Will ? Are we?
Sigh.... We aren't gonna see a Bad Boys 3 movie. Are we, Will ? Are we?
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