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Idris Elba in talks to replace Will Smith in Suicide Squad sequel

Has James Gunn found his new Deadshot?

Published: Thursday, 7th March 2019 at 12:42 pm

Idris Elba is reportedly in talks to replace Will Smith in James Gunn's Suicide Squad sequel.


The Luther actor would take on the role of expert assassin and anti-hero Deadshot, following Smith's exit from the movie last week.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Elba met with writer and director Gunn, and negotiations have now begun in earnest.

Smith starred in David Ayer's 2016 movie Suicide Squad alongside Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, and Cara Delevingne.

Casting has yet to be confirmed for Guardians of the Galaxy director Gunn's sequel.

While initial reports suggested that the new film would focus mainly on DC Extended Universe characters who didn't appear in the original movie, Deadshot is now expected to make a return along with characters like Harley Quinn.


Elba's recent projects include Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw and Luther. He's set to release his new comedy Turn Up Charlie later in March on Netflix.

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