‘Suicide Squad’ Considering Joel Edgerton and Jon Bernthal to Replace Tom Hardy
There’s no replacing Tom Hardy, really, but Warner Bros. sure is trying. Following yesterday’s news that Jake Gyllenhaal had also passed on the role of ‘Suicide Squad’ de facto leader Rick Flagg comes word that the studio is already eyeing a couple of potential replacements: Joel Edgerton and former ‘The Walking Dead’ star Jon Bernthal. They’re definitely going for someone tough and a bit gritty, but obviously charismatically handsome.
Cinema Blend reports that WB is considering either Edgerton or Bernthal to take over the role of Rick Flagg, the leader of the Suicide Squad who works alongside Viola Davis’ government agent Amanda Waller. Edgerton most recently appeared in ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings,’ and stars in the upcoming (and frequently delayed) ‘Jane Got a Gun,’ as well as Jeff Nichols’ ‘Midnight Special’—the latter of which is being produced and distributed by WB.
Bernthal really impressed audiences and critics alike by expanding on his range with a supporting role in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ as well as a role in last year’s gritty war drama ‘Fury,’ helmed by ‘Suicide Squad’ director David Ayer. Beyond their evident talents, both actors are clearly connected to the upcoming project via previous films, which might make it easier to land either of them, and neither of them are quite at the level of Hardy or Gyllenhaal when it comes to being in demand, which may also bode well. (Edgerton seems like a better fit, though.)
It’s also being reported that Gary Sinise is definitely appearing in the film, although previous rumors that he’d be playing General Eiling are false—his role is unspecified at this time. WB is also apparently eyeing ‘True Blood’ star Joe Manganiello for the role of Deathstroke.
‘Suicide Squad’ hits theaters on August 5, 2016.