Directed by David Ayer (Fury), the blockbuster will center on a group of villains, who have been assembled as a team of mercenaries.
Hardy, who played Bane in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, was set to star as Squad member Rick Flagg, but has dropped out due to scheduling issues (the official word).
While many reports suggest Danish actor Kinnaman (The Killing) is the number one choice for the role, an not yet cast, The Wrap is reporting that he is has already been signed for the role – although nothing has been confirmed yet.
The film, which is set for release August 2016, also includes Jared Leto as the Joker, Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Boomerang, and Cara Delevingne as Enchantress.
Filmmaker Ayer has a reputation for helming violent and gritty action subject matter, and is an interesting choice of director. Before making World War II drama Fury, starring Brad Pitt, the Training Day writer specialized in macho Los Angeles cop movies, such as End of Watch and Harsh Times.
Suicide Squad is another addition to Warner Bros.’ ever expanding DC Comics tentpole, which is being spearheaded by Zack Snyder’s highly ambitious Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (March 25, 2016).
However, while there has been a lot of negativity surrounding Snyder’s crossover film – the casting, the bloated and hurried production, the musical chairs of changing release dates – the online response to Suicide Squad seems to be positive.
Stay tuned for more DC Comics tentpole news. Suicide Squad opens August 5, 2016.