Will Smith Exits James Gunn's 'The Suicide Squad'

The Suicide Squad is down a member.

Variety has exclusively learned that Will Smith will not be reprising his role as Deadshot in the DC Comics supervillain film due to scheduling conflicts. James Gunn, who was brought on last year as the new writer and director, is hoping to start production this fall.

It’s still unclear who will be returning for the Suicide Squad sequel, however Margot Robbie is expected to reprise her role as Harley Quinn.

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Directed by David Ayer, Suicide Squad stars Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood, and Cara Delevingne. Check out the synopsis below:

“From director David Ayer (“Fury,” “End of Watch”) comes “Suicide Squad,” starring Oscar nominee Will Smith (“Ali,” “The Pursuit of Happyness“), Oscar winner Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club”), Margot Robbie (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Focus”), Joel Kinnaman (Netflix’s “House of Cards”) and Oscar nominee Viola Davis (“The Help,” “Doubt”). It feels good to be bad… Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?”

Suicide Squad is now available on Blu-ray and Digital. The upcoming sequel, directed by James Gunn, is scheduled to hit theaters on August 6th, 2021.



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