Idris Elba Will Play A New Character In The Suicide Squad Reboot
Despite the fact that Idris Elba's run in the MCU was brought to an end during the opening of Avengers: Infinity War, there's still seemingly plenty of desire for the actor to step back into a superhero costume.
Now, reports are surfacing that he could be the next actor to make the jump across franchises into the DC Universe, as those behind Suicide Squad have selected the actor to play a new character.
Originally, it was tipped that Elba would merely take up Will Smith's role as Deadshot in the upcoming reboot. Both The Hollwood Reporter and Deadline reported that Elba was in "deep talks" with Warner Bros. to come on board James Gunn's project.
Gunn, famously, is helming the new Suicide Squad after being controversially fired from Marvel project Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
Clearly seeing the potential in the franchise based on the success of Guardians of the Galaxy and grittier superhero movies like Deadpool, DC and Warner Bros. are eager to get Suicide Squad back on track, after the 2015 adaptation came out to a spectacularly bad reception from both critics and fans.
Even so, it made money, grossing over $750 million at the box office worldwide. If they get it right this time, it could be just the creative shot in the arm that the DC Universe desperately needs.
As it stands, it seems as if poaching Gunn has been something of a masterstroke for the studio. "Warners is extremely high on The Suicide Squad and its script, written by Gunn — so much so that the pic is barrelling forward into the casting stage after Gunn quickly turned out several drafts," said the reporter.
"Sources say that Elba met with Gunn on Friday and it went so swimmingly that talks began with the studio in earnest. Elba was the first and only choice for Gunn and the studio."
It makes sense, given Elba's pedigree for playing flawed action stars before. He previously portrayed Stacker Pentecost in Pacific Rim, is set to play a cybernetic supervillain in upcoming Fast & Furious spin-off Hobbs & Shaw, and alongside Chris Hemsworth, endeared himself to comic book fans everywhere through his turn as Heimdall in the Thor movies.
It's unknown what character Elba would now be playing. The decision is one that, according to Variety, respects Will Smith. As the publication suggests, "The team also did not want to feel as if it were disrespecting Smith, who helped bring this character to life for the first time, by replacing him with Elba."
They also add, "While many believe the chances are still slim for a future return, the decision keeps the door open for Smith to possibly come back in future films, since his original reason for leaving had to do with scheduling and not creative differences."
It's likely that we'll see a different Suicide Squad than the one we were introduced to in 2015. Will Smith obviously won't be returning, and nor will Jared Leto's joker. Leto's actually currently filming Marvel spin-off Morbius, the details of which you can find out here.
However Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn, who's also set to appear in DC spin-off Birds of Prey in February next year, will likely return.
The Suicide Squad is aiming for an August 6th, 2021 release date.