Idris Elba Replacing Will Smith as Deadshot in James Gunn’s ‘Suicide Squad’ Sequel

Idris Elba Replacing Will Smith as Deadshot in James Gunn's 'Suicide Squad' Sequel
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Will Smith will no longer play the Deadshot in Warner Bro’s ‘Suicide Squad’ sequel. Reportedly, Will Smith has been replaced by the 46-year-old English actor, Idris Elba to play the role of Deadshot in the second part of ‘Suicide Squad’.

James Gunn will most probably start the production in Atlanta by this September. Furthermore, no decision has been yet finalized about the cast in this upcoming sequel of James Gunn-directed sequel of ‘Suicide Squad’, but the return of Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn is a part of the plan, yet not confirmed.

The whole plot of the first part of ‘Suicidal Squad’ is based on an intelligence officer who creates a powerful team of multiple super-villains for performing various dangerous missions, impossible to be executed by any normal human. And, on the other hand, a murderous joker has some more life-threatening tasks to do.

Before the decision of replacing Will Smith by Idris Elba was finalized, last month, it was announced, that Will Smith would not be returning for the sequel and that the decision was made on equal terms between both sides with no hard feelings. At the time, he was unsure of the cast to be set but was hoping for few of them to be available.

The news from sources is that Elba had a meeting with James Gunn on Friday. It is believed that the decision of replacing Will Smith by Idris Elba was finalized right after the Friday meeting. Following the reports, Elba is considered to be the first and only choice for Gunn.

According to a report, Elba will soon be on the big screen with multiple upcoming releases, that includes – ‘The Fast and the Furious spin-off Hobbs and Shaw’ with Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, and Tom Hooper’s film adaptation of ‘Cats’ with Taylor Swift, James Corden and Jennifer Hudson.

The first part of the series was released on August 5 2016. The original series of ‘Suicide Squad’ turned out to be a great hit as it brought in $746 million at the box office.
The second part of James Gunn’s ‘Suicide Squad’ will be reportedly releasing on August 6 2021.

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