WESTWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Actor Will Smith arrives at the Screening Of Columbia Pictures' "Concussion" at Regency Village Theatre on November 23, 2015 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
One “Suicide Squad” member just went the way of Slipknot and El Diablo for the upcoming sequel, as Will Smith has left his role as Deadshot in the upcoming sequel.
In a report by The Hollywood Reporter, Will Smith will not be returning to reprise his role as the mercenary Deadshot. Apparently, he was never officially signed on for the sequel to begin with, and scheduling issues have made it even more difficult. This led to him formally backing out of the project.
There is no word on if the character will remain in the film with a new actor replacing Smith, or if they will simply write him out of the sequel.
“Suicide Squad 2” will feature James Gunn’s return to a comic book film since Marvel dropped him in July. As for the remaining (and surviving) members of the Suicide Squad team from the first movie, none are confirmed to return as of this article.
Smith will show up next in Disney’s live-action version of “Aladdin”, which opens this May. Smith plays The Genie, and we hope the final visual FX of the film look better than what we have seen so far in the trailer.