It was disappointing news when Tom Hardy announced that he needed to drop out of DC and Warner Bros.’s Suicide Squad project, but the companies are closing in on officially signing Joel Kinnaman as a replacement.
Kinnaman has been really making a name for himself through his standout performance as Stephen Holder on The Killing while also starring in last year’s Robocop reboot. The 35 year old actor has roles in the upcoming Knight of Cups by Terrence Malick, as well as Child 44, which stars Gary Oldman and the man Kinnaman might replace, Tom Hardy.
Hardy was supposed to play Rick Flagg, the man that leads the odd group of villains in the Suicide Squad, but dropped out due to scheduling reasons and problems with the script. Kinnaman is one of three in the running to be Hardy’s replacement along with Joel Edgerton and Jon Bernthal.
The Suicide Squad movie is currently scheduled for an August 5, 2016 release date and is being directed by David Ayer. The film features Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Will Smith as Deadshot, Jared Leto as The Joker, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller.