Tom Hardy drops out of ‘Suicide Squad’, could be replaced by Jake Gyllenhaal

Gyllenhaal would join Jared Leto, Will Smith and Viola Davis in the super-villain ensemble movie

Tom Hardy has dropped out of 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, according to The Hollywood Reporter a scheduling clash has forced Hardy to withdraw from the project and Warner Bros has already offered the Rick Flag role to Gyllenhaal. However, it is unknown whether Gyllenhaal – currently appearing in Broadway play Constellations – is likely to accept.

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.