According to a report from Variety, Elba will not reprise the role that Will Smith previously portrayed as Deadshot as previously reported. Instead, Elba will be a new character for the franchise, although who that will be remains to be determined.
” … But after taking the last few weeks to discuss, everyone involved felt this was the right move. The team also did not want to feel as if it was disrespecting Smith, who helped bring this character to life for the first time, by replacing him with Elba. While many believe 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.”
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With this piece of news, only three characters expected to return in the sequel – Harley Quinn as Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney’s Captain Boomerang, and Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller. Gunn is in the process of casting the remaining team members with production expected to start in the fall.
No other casting news has been announced yet, but with plans to start filming this summer, I am sure we will hear some info sooner than later.
The film is planned for a summer release in 2021.