Idris Elba in Talks to Replace Will Smith As Deadshot in 'Suicide Squad' Sequel
Will Smith exited ‘Suicide Squad 2’ last week due to scheduling conflicts. Now his potential replacement, Idris Elba, is already in talks to replace Smith as Floyd Lawton (Deadshot) in James Gunn's ‘Suicide Squad’ sequel.
The first installment hit theaters in 2016, introducing a whole host of villains-turned-antiheroes to the Worlds of DC franchise as established by Zack Snyder's ‘Man of Steel’ and ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.’ Despite Suicide Squad’s box office success, the film was largely panned by critics.
Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn was a particular standout of Suicide Squad, winning over fans so much that she's become instrumental to the studio's DC plans going forward. However, as Warner Bros. continues to build out its DC franchise, they're focusing more on each individual movie than maintaining a connected universe.
Per Variety, it appears the deal for Elba to play Deadshot is farther along than feeler talks. According to THR, Elba met with Gunn on Friday and he's the director and studio's "first and only choice" for Deadshot.