Idris Elba to replace Smith in Suicide Squad 2
Los Angeles: Idris Elba is reportedly in negotiations to replace Will Smith in the Suicide Squad sequel. The follow-up of the film, which is being branded as a relaunch, will be directed by Guardians of the Galaxy helmer James Gunn. Gunn has also written the script. Sources told The Hollywood Reporter, Elba met Gunn recently, and since things went well the talks began with Warner Bros studio. The ‘Luther’ star was the first and only choice for Gunn and the studio, the inside sources said. The move comes a week after Smith left the project due to scheduling issues, who, along with Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, led the ensemble of the 2016 movie and played assassin anti-hero Deadshot. The film would mark Gunn’s return to the director’s chair after Disney sacked him from Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 3 in July last year, when his old offensive tweets resurfaced on social media. The sequel to Suicide Squad is slated to be released on August 6, 2021.