Idris Elba isn’t joining The Suicide Squad to replace Will Smith as Deadshot after all. Although it was reported that the actor will be portraying the character in director James Gunn’s reboot/sequel, Elba will in fact play a new character all together.
That character though is unknown at this point of time but the reason for the change is to allow Smith to possibly return to portray the character sometime down the road. Scheduling issues are to blame for Smith’s omission from the sequel/reboot and not creative differences.
Although Smith is not returning to re-join The Suicide Squad, other familiar faces
will. It has been reported that Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney and Viola Davis
will reprised their roles of Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang and Amanda Waller respectively.
The Suicide Squad is scheduled for a release in early August 2021.