Tom Hardy Drops Out Of ‘Suicide Squad’, Jake Gyllenhaal May Join The Squad

UPDATE: The Wrap reports Warner is seeking Jake Gyllenhaal to replace Tom Hardy, which might make Gyllenhaal feel better about totally getting snubbed for Nightcrawler at the Oscar nominations this morning.

Tom Hardy was the actor I was most looking forward to seeing in Suicide Squad from director David Ayer of Training Day and Fury. He was going to play Rick Flagg, and I say was because he just dropped out. The film is still scheduled to start shooting in mid-April with a release date of August 5th, 2016, but Hardy seems to have run into scheduling problems because of another film he’s working on, according to THR:

The actor is currently shooting The Revenant, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s frontier drama that also stars Leonardo DiCaprio, and that shoot is now looking to go longer than initially planned. Hardy is also starring in Mad Max: Fury Road for Warners and that movie opens May 15, smack in the middle of Suicide filming.

Suicide Squad still has a full line-up including Jared Leto as The Joker, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Will Smith as Deadshot, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, but man was I looking forward to Hardy nailing Flagg.

What a massive bummer. The only thing that could cheer us up now is a picture of Tom Hardy holding a puppy.

Thank you, picture of Tom Hardy holding a puppy.