Warner Bros. wastes no time in completing the main line-up for their upcoming DC Comics film “Suicide Squad” as the studio is currently eyeing multiple actors to play Rick Flagg, the leader of Suicde Squad.
“The Drop” star Tom Hardy was originally eyed to play the part but was forced to drop out of the film due to scheduling issues with Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “The Revenant” and his upcoming promotional duties for WB’s “Mad Max: Fury Road”. The unfinished script is said to be a factor for his departure from the film too.
Since then, the studio has been searching for an actor to fill up the role but among the shortlisted actors, “Robocop” star Joel Kinnaman emerged as the current frontrunner for the part.
After “Nightcrawler” star Jake Gyllenhaal turned down the offer to replace Tom Hardy in the movie, multiple sources told THR that various actors including Kinnaman, Joel Edgerton, and Jon Bernthal were being considered for the role. Kinnaman appears as the frontrunner for the part as he currently in negotiations with the studio to play Flagg.
The Swedish actor is best known for his leading role in Swedish thriller film “Easy Money”, a role which earned him a Guldbagge Award in the “Best Actor” category. He also earned a Guldbagge Award nomination in the “Best Supporting Actor” category for his role as Frank Wagner in the Johan Falk film series. Kinnaman rose to international fame through AMC’s “The Killing” and 2014 reboot of “Robocop”, but compared to big names like Tom Hardy and Jake Gyllenhaal, the actor is relatively unknown to mainstream media.
As of now, it is confirmed that Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney, and Cara Delevinge are starring in the David Ayer-directed movie. “Blackhat” star Viola Davis is very close to signing a multi-picture deal to play Amanda Weller while Jesse Eisenberg is in negotiations to reprise his role as Lex Luthor. Insiders told THR that any deal being discussed at the moment could fall apart.
Produced by Charles Roven and Richard Suckle, “Suicide Squad” is set to begin shooting in April before its release on 5th August 2016. Kinnaman will next be seen opposite Liam Neeson in “Run All Night” and opposite Hardy in “Child 44”.