‘Suicide Squad’: ‘RoboCop’ star Joel Kinnaman ‘in talks’ to replace Tom Hardy

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

RoboCop actor Joel Kinnaman is reportedly being lined up 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 last month (January) and Jake Gyllenhaal was reportedly offered the role of Rick Flag before turning it down.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kinnaman is now “in early talks” to take on the role of Rick Flag, though the publication’s sources warn that “any deal being discussed could fall apart”. As well as fronting last year’s RoboCop reboot, Swedish actor Kinnaman, 35, is best known for starring in the US remake of The Killing.

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.

In addition to the first batch of cast members (Smith, Leto, Robbie, Courtney and DeLevigne), Viola Davis has officially signed up for a supporting role as Amanda Waller. Davis’s character is 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 next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, but this has yet to be confirmed by Warner Bros.