Will Smith has departed James Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad,” the upcoming sequel to David Ayer’s 2016 DC Comics adaptation “Suicide Squad” in which Smith played the key role of Deadshot.
Variety reports that Smith’s return for the film had never been made official, though it was previously indicated the studio wanted both Smith and Margot Robbie to return for the sequel.
The report suggests Smith’s departure was amicable, and ultimately it came down to his busy schedule preventing him from returning as ‘Squad’ aims to begin production before the end of the year.
It’s not clear if Deadshot will be recast or the character will simply sit out the film. It has been indicated Gunn’s new take will serve as something of a ‘soft reboot’ featuring a mostly new cast of characters so it’s not clear if any actors from the previous film will return.
“The Suicide Squad” is slated for an August 6th 2021 release. Robbie is reprising her role of Harley Quinn in the currently filming “Birds of Prey” with some new photos accessible through the link below.
Margot Robbie jumps out of a truck in these latest set photos for "Birds of Prey" https://t.co/DRsSlquqfY
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