‘Suicide Squad’: Jake Gyllenhaal turns down lead role after Tom Hardy drops out

Will Smith, Jared Leto, Viola Davis and Cara DeLevigne are already on board for super-villain film

Jake Gyllenhaal has reportedly passed on the chance to replace Tom Hardy in Warner Bros’ forthcoming super-villain ensemble movie Suicide Squad.

When Warner Bros announced the film’s impressive cast in December, Hardy was on board to play Rick Flag opposite Jared Leto as The Joker, Will Smith as Deadshot, Jai Courtney as Boomerang, BAFTA Rising Star award nominee Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and Cara DeLevigne as Enchantress.

However, a scheduling clash forced Hardy to pull out of the project earlier this month (January) and Gyllenhaal was offered the role of Rick Flag, which he is now said to have turned down.

Shooting on Suicide Squad is due to begin in April with Fury director David Ayer behind the camera. The film is scheduled for release on August 5, 2016.

As rumoured last month (December), Viola Davis has joined the cast as prison warden Amanda Waller, a government agent who is often put in charge of the ‘suicide squad’, a group of super-villains working for the government in return for their freedom. It has also been rumoured that Jesse Eisenberg will appear as Lex Luthor, the villainous role he will take on in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, but this has yet to be confirmed by Warner Bros.