WB's Suicide Squad flick still Flagless as another actor passes

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Jan 23, 2016, 2:23 AM EST (Updated)

Warner Bros. got everyone to perk up and pay attention to David Ayer's Suicide Squad last month when it unveiled a star-packed cast for the film, including Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jared Leto as the Joker and Tom Hardy as Rick Flag, who seems set up to be the Squad's in-field leader. Even if you had zero interest in the flick before, a cast announcement like that had to get you at least a little intrigued.

Alas, that particular incarnation of the Squad was not to be. Last week, Hardy dropped out of the film, reportedly because he couldn't manage the April production start between shooting his new film The Revenant and promoting this May's release of Mad Max: Fury Road. Just as Hardy left the film, though, Jake Gyllenhaal emerged as the frontrunner to replace him. Gyllenhaal's having a good year, thanks to loads of acclaim for his performance in Nightcrawler, and he's already worked with Ayer on the police drama End of Watch, so quickly bringing him into the fold for Suicide Squad would gloss over Hardy's loss in no time.

Unfortunately, it seems Warner Bros. is still searching. Variety reports that Gyllenhaal has passed on the Rick Flag role, leaving Suicide Squad still one member short. Warners and Ayer seem to have plenty of time to find another actor, though, and the film still has heavy hitters like Smith and Leto committed, so there's no reason to worry at the moment. Still, after the blockbuster announcement of the full cast back in December, it would be nice to see the team made whole again as soon as possible.

So the Rick Flag role is still up for grabs. Who should Warner Bros. go after?

Suicide Squad hits theaters Aug. 5, 2016.

(Via Variety)