Will Joel Edgerton or Jon Bernthal Replace Tom Hardy in 'Suicide Squad'?

Friday, 23 January 2015 11:05 Written by  iamrogue
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Will Joel Edgerton or Jon Bernthal Replace Tom Hardy in 'Suicide Squad'?

Who will play Rick Flag, the glue that holds psychotic team Suicide Squad together?

Tom Hardy's out and Jake Gyllenhaal has passed on the role in next year's DC supervillain team-up, but if rumors are to be believed, both Joel Edgerton and Jon Bernthal are both on the list of potential Flags.

Edgerton is the more familiar of the two.  The Australian actor starred alongside erstwhile Flag Hardy in Warrior, and he did strong, underappreciated work in Zero Dark Thirty and The Great Gatsby.  More recently, the Animal Kingdom star squared off against Christian Bale in Exodus: Gods and Kings.  His upcoming projects this year include Jane Got a Gun, Black Mass, and Midnight Special.

Bernthal, meanwhile, is most associated with the role of Shane on AMC's The Walking Dead.  He also stole scenes in The Wolf of Wall Street and, crucially, worked with Suicide Squad writer-director David Ayer on his last movie, the WWII drama Fury.

Ayer's looking for an actor for Flag, whom Hardy was on board to play until last week, when scheduling issues with The Revenant and promotion for Mad Max: Fury Road forced him off Suicide Squad.  Ayer courted Gyllenhaal after that, but his End of Watch star reportedly turned down the offer this week.

Now, according to CinemaBlend, Edgerton and Bernthal are up for the role.  It's just a rumor for now, and since production doesn't kick off until April, we may not hear solid word on Rick Flag for some time to come.

With one of the starring roles still in flux, how about a rumor regarding a supporting character?  How about that: according to El Mayimbe, Gary Sinise may very well be in talks to play General Eiling.

Sinise, an Oscar nominee on account of his Lieutenant Dan performance in Forrest Gump, now stars on CSI: NY.  A staunch advocate for military veterans, Sinise has grown accustomed to playing characters in the service, so it's not a big stretch to imagine him in the role of Eiling, a longtime nemesis to DC's Captain Atom.

If he is indeed in talks, he could join a cast that includes Will Smith asDeadshot, Jared Leto as The Joker, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, the government administrator who assembles the Suicide Squad for a mission that was spoiled this week.

Suicide Squad hits theaters on August 5, 2016.

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