Suicide Squad is racing towards it's April start date, and director David Ayer still hasn't found his Rick Flagg. Tom Hardy was originally supposed to play the part, but departed due to conflicting reports. Some claimed he had scheduling issues. Others claim he felt the role was too small. In an interview to promote his upcoming heist thriller Focus, Will Smith, who is set to play main super-villain Deadshot in the film, offered his own insight into why no one has yet been cast:

"We've still got to get it right. [David Ayer] turned the screenplay in before Christmas. What happens is Hollywood shuts down. But he was still working and he wanted to (start shooting) April 13th. So it takes a couple weeks to gear back up at the top of the year and people have taken (other) movies. He's moving really quickly."

Margot Robbie, who plays Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad, also appears with Will Smith in Focus. She was on hand to discuss the matter as well.

"This happens all the time. People act like, 'Oh my god, the movie must be ending!' It's just the deal with movies. A lot of the characters haven't been portrayed before so it's a pretty big undertaking. And it's a big undertaking for the people who are going to play the characters who have been played, like the Joker (to be played by Jared Leto). It's big shoes to fill. It's almost impossible to get a movie all together when there are two main cast members, let alone an ensemble cast with everyone's schedules. It's crazy if it works out."

For a time, Jake Gyllenhaal was being sought to take over the role of Rick Flagg. As you may know, that did not pan out. But there doesn't seem to be any delay. The film will still start in April as planned. Which means the actors have had to start their training already. Says Will Smith when asked if he is getting in shape for this super-villain role:

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"Oh god yes. I started before Christmas. No carbs on Christmas! It was terrible."

Margot Robbie's answer was slightly different:

"Oh, I ate everything on Christmas. I'm not strong though. To do all your own stunts you have to be so strong."

Did anything these two co-stars say worry you about the production? Or do you believe that Suicide Squad will find its Rick Flagg in due time? Let us know your thoughts below.

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