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Idris Elba Rumoured To Replace Will Smith As Deadshot In Suicide Squad Reboot

Stewart Perrie

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Idris Elba Rumoured To Replace Will Smith As Deadshot In Suicide Squad Reboot

People were surprised when Will Smith announced he wasn't coming back for the Suicide Squad sequel slash reboot. Obviously when that happens in Hollywood, everyone wonders who will fill those boots - or even if those boots will be filled at all.


Well, it seems as though Warner Bros. may have found a new Deadshot, and, according to Variety, it comes in the form of Idris Elba.

According to the entertainment outlet, the Thor and Luther actor has signed on to play the expert marksman, assassin, tactician and combatant. At the moment, however, he's apparently the only one who's involved in the project.

Will Smith reportedly had to pull out due to scheduling conflicts.

The movie is still set for release in August 2021, but they better get to work if they're going to get it out on time.

There's a lot of speculation that Margot Robbie will return as Harley Quinn, but it hasn't been confirmed.

Either way, she'll at least be starring in her spin off film Birds of Prey, which will reportedly follow Harley Quinn as she teams up with other anti-heroes of DC Comics, including Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to help a young Cassanda Cain.


Earlier this year a teaser was released for the film, giving us a sneak peak of the Aussie actor in action as Quinn once again.

Showing clips of Harley Quinn dancing around in an eccentric, multi-coloured coat along with brief glimpses of other characters, the trailer simply said: "See you soon."

Along with Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary, Ella Jay Basco as Cassandra Cain, Rose Perez as Renee Montoya and Chris Messina as Victor Zsasz, anyone else spot Ewan McGregor as Black Mask in there?

Ewan McGregor in the teaser. Credit: Warner Bros
Ewan McGregor in the teaser. Credit: Warner Bros

The film was reported to begin shooting on 14 January, and is expected to wrap in April.

While Suicide Squad didn't necessarily live up to the lofty standards set by rival studio, Marvel, Margot Robbie's portrayal of Harley Quinn was one of few highlights.

She was was praised by critics for bringing life to an otherwise disjointed film, and it wasn't long before her very own spin-off movie was announced. It's also believed (and hoped) that Birds of Prey could be the first in a trilogy of spin-offs focusing on Harley Quinn.

Birds of Prey is expected to hit cinemas in February 2020.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Film, idris elba, Entertainment, Celebrity, Suicide Squad, Will Smith

Stewart Perrie
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