Tom Hardy exits DC's Suicide Squad, Jake Gyllenhaal rumored to take his place

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Jun 26, 2015, 4:17 PM EDT (Updated)

Warner Bros.' big DC movie empire is barely out of the gate, and what was shaping up to be a flagship property has been hit with a major departure.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road) is exiting the upcoming Suicide Squad film, meaning director David Ayer (Fury) will need to find a new Rick Flagg to lead the team of villains and antiheroes. Hardy leaves behind a star-studded cast including Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney and Cara Delevingne.

So, why did he leave? According to The Wrap, his departure is likely tied to the filming of his new film The Revenant, which is underway now and expected to extend into mid-March. At that point, he’ll step right into the marketing rush to promote Mad Max: Fury Road for its summer release, leaving no time to actually shoot Suicide Squad in between.

It’s also being reported that Jake Gyllenhaal (Source Code) is at the top of the short list to take Hardy’s place, and he’d definitely be a fitting replacement. Ayer and Gyllenhaal previously worked together on End of Watch, and the actor has built a career off of taking on diverse roles. This would definitely fit the bill.

Despite the shakeup, Warner Bros. still plans to shoot in the spring on the way toward that Aug. 5, 2016, release date.

Who would you like to see take Hardy’s place as Rick Flagg?

(Via The Hollywood Reporter, The Wrap)