Idris Elba NOT Playing Deadshot in 'The Suicide Squad'?!?

In the fast-paced world of film and entertainment reporting, sometimes the stories are like the points in Whose Line Is It Anyway– they just don't matter (or often make sense, until someone explains them). We're lookin at YOU, The Suicide Squad.

Let us put it this way- no one can decide if the James Gunn written and directed The Suicide Squad film is a reboot, a retelling, a sequel, or a new chapter for the Warner Bros. Pictures flick. There have been conflicting reports about the returning cast members, too. Most recently Viola Davis– why would Amanda Waller be back if this film isn't connected to the previous one?

We digress.

Actor Idris Elba
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The newest bit of information comes from Variety, who now say Idris Elba, thought to be replacing Will Smith as Deadshot in the film, is not actually playing Deadshot.

The outlet says sources are telling them that "all parties (including director James Gunn) have decided to move on from the Deadshot character, with Elba playing a new character."

This could be interesting if Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn comes back (we say if, because it really does seem like anyone from the previous team may or may not return) along with Jai Courtney's Captain Boomerang.

We're mostly just interested to see what Gunn has in store for us, and who Elba will be within the DC Comics universe.

We'll let you know what we hear. The Suicide Squad currently has an expected release date of August 6th, 2021

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 

Though she be but little, she is fierce. #MabTheProfessional

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