Will Smith has opted to leave the Suicide Squad.
A Suicide Squad sequel is currently in pre-production, and Smith isn’t a part of it. The actor, who took on the role of Deadshot in the first film, is reportedly not returning due to to scheduling issues. Variety broke the news, reporting that “the decision was made on amicable terms” between Smith and Warner Bros. THR backed up the news, also reporting that scheduling issues are to blame for Smith’s exit.
The studio had never actually confirmed that Smith would be a part of the follow-up film, although word is that WB was keen to bring back the big names, such as Smith and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. Stay tuned for other casting news as the project gets underway.
Set to direct and write the DC sequel, which has been titled The Suicide Squad, is former Marvel filmmaker James Gunn. Gunn was fired by Disney and removed from the MCU following controversial tweets being pushed into the spotlight.
Despite poor reviews, Suicide Squad earned $US746 million at the box office. The sequel, going into production in Atlanta in September this year, is scheduled for US release on August 6, 2021.