Even though the role of Rick Flagg has yet to be cast, David Ayer’s film adaptation of the “Suicide Squad” comics is still barreling forward towards an April start date.
Tom Hardy was originally supposed to play the part, but departed due to scheduling issues and a replacement hasn’t been lined up yet. Out doing promotion for the heist thriller “Focus,” Will Smith spoke with USA Today and offered insight as to why the part is difficult to fill:
“We’ve still got to get it right. [David Ayer] turned the screenplay in before Christmas. What happens is Hollywood shuts down. But he was still working and he wanted to (start shooting) April 13th. So it takes a couple weeks to gear back up at the top of the year and people have taken (other) movies. He’s moving really quickly.”
Margot Robbie, who plays Harley Quinn in “Suicide Squad” and serves as the female lead in “Focus,” also discussed it:
“This happens all the time. People act like, ‘Oh my god, the movie must be ending!’ It’s just the deal with movies. A lot of the characters haven’t been portrayed before so it’s a pretty big undertaking. And it’s a big undertaking for the people who are going to play the characters who have been played, like the Joker (to be played by Jared Leto). It’s big shoes to fill. It’s almost impossible to get a movie all together when there are two main cast members, let alone an ensemble cast with everyone’s schedules. It’s crazy if it works out.”
Both actors have already reportedly begun training for the role ahead of the upcoming shoot. The film is slated to hit cinemas on August 5th 2016.