‘The Suicide Squad’: Why Will Smith Is Reportedly Not Returning for the Sequel

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Will Smith played Deadshot in Suicide Squad and was expected to return for the sequel. The movie star reportedly will no longer be involved with the project. Find out why he dropped out and who else is rumored to return for the sequel.

James Gunn will direct The Suicide Squad

It was previously announced that James Gunn will be directing the DC sequel. The movie will be his first since he was fired from Disney where he was directing the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. He reportedly will bring a new take on the DC franchise.

The director was previously fired after his old tweets surfaced that joked about pedophilia and rape. Gunn released a statement after being fired.

The statement started with, “My words of nearly a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative. I have regretted them for many years since — not just because they were stupid, not at all funny, wildly insensitive, and certainly not provocative like I had hoped, but also because they don’t reflect the person I am today or have been for some time.”

The Suicide Squad was reportedly going to include Deadshot and Harley Quinn

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Will Smith played Deadshot in Suicide Squad and Margot Robbie played Harley Quinn. The movie showed the origin stories of all the characters, but Deadshot and Harley Quinn were at the forefront of the first one. So it’s no surprise that the sequel reportedly was going to include them again.

The cast of the sequel hasn’t been confirmed, but IMDb currently has Margot Robbie, Jared Leto (as The Joker), and Joel Kinnaman (as Rick Flag) rumored to be part of it.

Those aren’t bad guesses considering Robbie is filming as Harley Quinn in Birds of Prey. It also has been announced that she’ll be in Gotham City Sirens. The studio also is showing support for Leto’s Joker by reportedly giving his character a second movie.

This was after it was already announced that Todd Phillips is directing and co-writing a movie focused on the origin of The Joker. Sources said the story will take place in the ’80s and will be a gritty crime drama. Martin Scorsese is reportedly involved as well.

So DC is seemingly trying to get the most out of its characters and stars from Suicide Squad. Why did Smith reportedly drop out of the sequel?

Smith reportedly dropped out due to scheduling

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The movie star is pretty busy with Bad Boys for Life, Bright 2, and Bad Boys 4. One of those projects might be keeping him from being involved with this sequel.

Variety reports that sources say Smith won’t be involved with the movie due to scheduling, and things ended amicably. The same report claims the studio wanted Robbie, Smith, and other stars to return for the sequel, then cast around that.

Things are still early for the upcoming movie. Gunn reportedly wants to start production in the fall. It should be interesting to see how the unexpected casting change will change the plot of the movie.

Read more: ‘Suicide Squad 2’: These 3 Favorite Characters Will Definitely Return and More

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