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Idris Elba Is No Longer Playing Deadshot In ‘The Suicide Squad’

The actor was originally set to replace Will Smith, but that's no longer the case.

Of all of DC’s upcoming films, The Suicide Squad is perhaps the one generating the most buzz, and there’s no question as to why. Between James Gunn, the man who wrote and directed Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy, at the helm, breaking down the Marvel/DC competition, and a new cast of characters, there is a lot going on with a film that hasn’t even begun shooting yet. Originally advertised as a sequel, the film is now being considered a soft reboot. But things just got even more interesting for the production.

It was announced months ago that Idris Elba would be joining the cast as Deadshot. A bold move, considering the character was already brought to life by Will Smith back in 2016. Many people loved his portrayal. In fact, it was a common opinion that Smith’s performance was one of the best things about the film! So, the decision to recast evoked some mixed feelings from fans. It seems the team took those reactions to heart, as it was just announced on Friday that Elba will no longer be taking on the role.

Elba will still be appearing in the film, sources confirm, but there’s no word yet on who exactly he will be playing. As for Smith returning as Deadshot? The chances look pretty slim. But quite honestly, we’re really relieved about the decision to change Elba’s role in the film. As much as we were intrigued to see what he did with the role, we loved Smith’s performance. It simply wouldn’t have felt right.

The Suicide Squad is being directed and written by James Gunn, and will see the return of Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, and according to recent news, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller! We’re definitely intrigued to see what happens with this film.

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