The Suicide Squad is trashing Deadshot but keeping Idris Elba

Idris Elba will be appearing in The Suicide Squad, but he’s not playing Deadshot anymore

We all nodded our heads in unison when Idris Elba was brought onto Warner Bros’ upcoming Suicide Squad sequel, titled The Suicide Squad, to replace a very busy Will Smith as Deadshot.

But the plans have changed slightly, now that the film has announced that it’s ditching the character of Deadshot completely. However, you can still expect to see Elba. He’ll just be playing a different role.

The character that Elba will be taking on instead is currently unknown, but it will be one that didn’t appear in the first Suicide Squad film.

According to Variety everyone involved with the film, including writer and director James Gunn, didn’t want to disrespect Smith’s version of Deadshot (Smith left the sequel earlier this year due to scheduling conflicts) and so felt that leaving the character out of the film was the right call. The move also means that Smith could possibly return as Deadshot in a film later down the line.

If you somehow don’t know of Idris Elba, he is best known for roles like Roland in The Dark Tower, Janek in Prometheus, Stacker Pentecost in Pacific Rim, Russell ‘Stringer’ Bell in The Wire, Krall in Star Trek Beyond, DCI John Luther in Luther, and Heimdall in a handful of the MCU films.

The Suicide Squad is set to hit cinemas on 6 August 2021. Get all the latest sci-fi news with every issue of SciFiNow.