Update #1: Tom Hardy will no longer play leader of the Suicide Squad, Rick Flag.
Jared Leto, Will Smith, Tom Hardy and more have been cast in Warner Bros.’ upcoming villain-centric movie, Suicide Squad. According to Variety, Leto will step into giant shoes (no pun) and take on the role of the Joker, while Smith will play hired assassin Deadshot. The previously casted Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street, Focus) will portray Harley Quinn in the film with Tom Hardy making a return to the DC Cinematic Universe not as Bane, but as Rick Flag. Other casting includes Jai Courtney who is set to play Boomerang and Cara Delevingne as Enchantress.
Here’s the cast thus far:
Jared Leto — The Joker
Will Smith — Deadshot
Tom Hardy — Rick Flag
Margot Robbie — Harley Quinn
Jai Courtney — Boomerang
Cara Delevingne — Enchantress
Warner Bros. is definitely not holding anything back when it comes to not only star power, but talent as well. Suicide Squad is set to hit theaters Aug. 5, 2016, making it this Leto’s first role after winning the Oscar for 2013’s Dallas Buyer’s Club. If the cast wasn’t dense enough, Jesse Eisenberg is said to have an appearance in the film as Lex Luthor, who he will portray primarily in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice come March 25, 2016.
The Suicide Squad is a group of anti-heroes trying to commute their prison sentences by pulling off heists for the United States government. With top talent, it should feel like a comic book alternate of Ocean’s 11, a vision Warner Bros. has for the film.
Not yet cast is Amanda Waller. Akin to Nick Fury’s role in the MCU, Waller acts as an overseer of the villainous ensemble. Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Oprah Winfrey are WB’s top picks to take on the role.
Note: Will Smith and Margot Robbie are both starring in Focus in 2015, a film about taking money from the distracted.
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