Originally it was reported that Hobbs & Shaw star, Idris Elba would be taking over the role of Deadshot from Will Smith in director James Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad.”
Now, that isn’t the case.
Idris Elba is still in the film, but Deadshot is out. Sources now tell Variety that all parties including director Gunn have decided to move on from the Deadshot character, with Elba playing a new character in “The Suicide Squad.”
It is unknown what character Elba would now be playing, but after taking the last few weeks to discuss, everyone involved felt this was the right move. The team also did not want to feel as if it was disrespecting Smith, who helped bring this character to life for the first time, by replacing him with Elba. While many believe chances are still slim for a future return, the decision keeps the door open for Smith to possibly come back in future films, since his original reason for leaving had to do with scheduling and not creative differences.
As for guesses who Elba could be in the film? Perhaps Bronze Tiger? Count Vertigo? Maybe Captain Cold.