The "Suicide Squad" has lost a member, with Tom Hardy dropping out of the film.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news, writing that Hardy had to exit the film due to scheduling conflicts. He was set to play Squad leader Rick Flagg, the head of a group of villains forced into doing good, alongside Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney, and Cara Delevingne.

Per THR:

[Hardy] is currently shooting The Revenant, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's frontier drama that also stars Leonardo DiCaprio, and that shoot is now looking to go longer than initially planned.

Hardy is also starring in Mad Max: Fury Road for Warners and that movie opens May 15, smack in the middle of Suicide filming. Suicide is due to begin shooting mid-April in Toronto but Hardy will have press commitments for Fury Road that will take him around the world.


According to THR, studio Warner Bros. already has an offer out to Jake Gyllenhaal to replace Hardy, and is awaiting the actor's response. Gyllenhaal previously worked with "Suicide Squad" helmer David Ayer on "End of Watch," so that established relationship may sway him to team with Ayer again.

"Suicide Squad" is currently scheduled for release on August 5, 2016. We'll see if that changes following this casting shakeup.

[via: The Hollywood Reporter]

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