Warner Brother and DC Entertainment just lost a major actor for their upcoming ‘Suicide Squad‘ film as Tom Hardy (‘Inception,’ ‘The Dark Knight Rises’) has dropped out of the production. In the film, Hardy was set to play Rick Flagg who was to be the leader of the ‘Suicide Squad’ which is a gang of criminals who are brought together to work as a team for the US government doing black ops missions.

At this time no official reason has been given for Hardy’s departure though it could be due to scheduling conflicts as he is currently shooting ‘The Reverent’ which has recently been announced to go longer than initially planned for. Not only that, but right as the film is set to begin shooting ‘Mad Max: Fury Road‘ is being released where he will have commitments to help in the movie’s advertising to fulfill.

Hardy was part of an all-star cast that included Will Smith (‘Men in Black’,’I Am Legend’) as Deadshot, Jared Leto (‘Requiem for a Dream,’ ‘Dallas Buyers Club’) as The Joker, Margot Robbie (‘The Wolf of Wall Street,”Neighbours’) as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney (‘Divergent,’ ‘A Good Day to Die Hard’) as Boomerang, and Cara Delevingne (‘Anna Karenina,’ ‘Pan’) as Enchantress. With one star short, director David Ayer is going to have to do some serious casting to fill the spot and make sure it is someone who can live up to the star studded actors that fill up the rest of the cast.

Rumor has it that an offer has been sent t0 Jake Gyllenhaal but it’s unknown if the actor will be able to take the role as he is currently on Broadway performing in the play ‘Constellations.’ While the play only has a couple more months to run, production for ‘Suicide Squad’ is slated to begin in April and that may not be enough time for Gyllenhaal to prep for the long filming schedule.

Are you looking forward to DC’s upcoming villainous ‘Suicide Squad’? Who do you think would be a good replacement to take the role of Rick Flagg? Share your thoughts below!

‘Suicide Squad’ starring Will Smith, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevingne, Margot Robbie, and Jared Leto debuts in theaters on August 5, 2016.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter