Idris Elba Will Replace Will Smith As Deadshot In Upcoming ‘Suicide Squad’ Sequel

We told you last month that Will Smith would not be returning as Deadshot for the upcoming ‘Suicide Squad‘ sequel. He claimed it was because of a scheduling conflict, which I suppose we are forced to believe.

Production on the film is scheduled to begin this fall, so the studio had to rush to find a replacement, and it looks like they found a great one.

According to a report from Variety, Idris Elba will be taking over Smith’s role.

It’s currently unknown who will be joining Elba in the sequel, though many believe Margot Robbie will return as Harley Quinn. James Gun was tapped to write and direct the film. The release date is currently set for Aug. 6, 2021.

As we reported in our original story last month, the studio was really hoping both Smith and Robbie would return. They’ve already lost Smith, so we have to imagine they’re fighting hard for Robbie.

Elba will be a busy man this year. He’s starring in the upcoming Netflix series ‘Turn Up Charlie‘ and the ‘Fast & Furious‘ spinoff Hobbs & Shaw.