Joel Kinnaman Replacing Tom Hardy in DC Team-Up 'Suicide Squad'

Friday, 13 February 2015 11:18 Written by  iamrogue
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Joel Kinnaman Replacing Tom Hardy in DC Team-Up 'Suicide Squad'

Suicide Squad has finally found an actor to step into Tom Hardy's boots.

Joel Kinnaman is in early talks with Warner Bros. to play Rick Flagg, the man who wrangles all the bad guys in next year's DC villain team-up starring Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, and Cara Delevingne.

Hardy was initially on board as Flagg, the straight man in a group of colorful criminals and nutjobs given a shot at redemption via a suicide covert ops mission. 

A month ago, however, Hardy abandoned the role, ostensibly over scheduling issues prompted by The Revenant, which Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has been shooting for the better part of a year.  Rumors suggest that Hardy's real reason for leaving was writer-director David Ayer's script, which doesn't involve as much Flagg as Hardy thought it would when he signed up.

With Hardy out, Suicide Squad then went knocking on Jake Gyllenhaal's door, but the star of Ayer's End of Watch opted against making his comic book movie debut.

Potential Flaggs then included the likes of Joel Edgerton, Jon Bernthal, and Karl Urban, but apparently the search has ended with Kinnaman, who has kicked off discussions with the studio, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Kinnaman's probably best known stateside for playing Alex Murphy in the RoboCop remake, as well as starring on The Killing.  The Swedish actor, who also appeared in Safe House and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, is popular in his native land for his starring role in the Easy Money (Snabba Cash) trilogy.  He's the second lead to Liam Neeson in next month's Run All Night and a supporting player in April's Child 44, which coincidentally stars Tom Hardy.

Again, it's very early in the process, so there's no guarantee that Kinnaman will end up playing Flagg.  If he does, though, he'll be the leader of a group that includes Smith as Deadshot, Leto as the Joker, Robbie as fan-favorite Harley Quinn, Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Delevinge as Enchantress, and Davis as Amanda Waller, the government hardass who assembles the Suicide Squad.

Production on Suicide Squad is set to kick off this April.  The movie will actually hit theaters on August 5, 2016.

It's an important installment in the WB's plan to build a DC Cinematic Universe to rival Marvel's cross-pollinating franchises.  Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is the next step, arriving four months before Suicide Squad, which will then be followed by Wonder Woman in June 2017.


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