Yesterday, we reported that Tom Hardy pulled out from playing Rick Flagg in Warner Bros.' DC Comics adaptation Suicide Squad. He was said to be experiencing scheduling conflicts with his current project The Revenant, which is now scheduled to shoot until mid-March, with the actor then committing to promotional duties on Mad Max: Fury Road. However, Latino Review has a much different account, revealing that the actor backed out after learning about some "drastic changes to his character" in the script.
When the Suicide Squad cast was confirmed last month, none of the actors, including Tom Hardy, Will Smith (Deadshot), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Jared Leto (The Joker), Jai Courtney (Boomerang) and Cara Delevingne (Enchantress), were given the script in advance. Latino Review reveals that Tom Hardy didn't like the script when he finally received it. It is rumored that the latest draft of the script gives more screen time to Deadshot and The Joker, which means that the lesser-known villains like Rick Flagg are featured less. The site reports that these later changes may have also contributed to Tom Hardy's exit. It should be noted that, according to this account, Tom Hardy did leave the project under amicable terms.
We reported yesterday that Warner Bros. is eyeing Jake Gyllenhaal as a possible replacement for Tom Hardy, but it isn't known if the actor is even interested in the part or not. David Ayer is directing from his own script, with production scheduled to begin this April at Pinewood Studios Toronto. Who do you think should replace Tom Hardy as Rick Flagg? Chime in with your thoughts below, and stay tuned for more Suicide Squad updates.