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Will Smith reportedly dropping out of ‘Suicide Squad 2’

Sources say that Smith will not be reprising his role as Deadshot for the upcoming sequel.

February 28, 2019
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It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions regarding the upcoming Suicide Squad sequel as fans eagerly await the news for who might be returning to reprise their roles, and who may be saying farewell to the DC universe. According to sources it looks like Will Smith, AKA Deadshot, will not be returning for the film.

Just over a week ago Suicide Squad fans had a heart attack when Forbes hinted that everyone’s favorite super villain, Harley Quinn would not be making an appearance in the upcoming sequel. Luckily, the publication later updated their story stating that “sources close to production” have confirmed Harley Quinn’s involvement.

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Now, sources tell Variety that Will Smith is not expected to return for the sequel.

Our hearts can’t take this.

While his return to the film had not been made official, sources say it is unlikely Smith will reprise his role with scheduling being a key factor in that decision.

Per Variety, “the decision was made on amicable terms between both sides with no hard feelings.”

Currently Warner Bros. studio has not confirmed who will be returning for the sequel but insiders say they hope to have Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn) return to reprise her role.

James Gunn is hoping to begin production this fall, with the film having a tentative release date of August 6, 2021.

The second Suicide Squad film will be Gunn’s first directorial position since his firing from Disney. Gunn was removed from the production company after a series of controversial tweets he made back in 2008 and 2009. His removal meant that he wouldn’t direct the upcoming Vol. 3 Guardians Of The Galaxy movie.

In addition to The Suicide Squad, Margot Robbie is working on Birds Of Prey, which is Harley Quinn’s own spinoff film.

What we know about Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn)so far

Back in April, we learned Cathy Yan signed on to direct. Robbie’s own LuckyChap will be producing the flick, with Sue Kroll of Kroll & Co Entertainment and Bryan Unkeless of Clubhouse Pictures.

Shortly after the director reveal, Suicide Squad’s sequel was delayed in order to focus on Birds Of Prey with the release date being revealed just this week.

Earlier this week, Margot Robbie dropped the film’s first teaser showing us Quinn in all her glory. The actress took to Instagram yet again to share a selfie with the caption, “Miss me? HQ.”

She’s sporting an outfit that’s a far cry from her famous “Daddy’s Lil Monster” tee and Puddin’ choker. Robbie rocks a colorful jacket, hot pink suspenders and a dog collar that reads “Bruce,” which one can only assume is referring to Batman himself.

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Soon after, a Birds Of Prey teaser hit the web. The video offers up a better look at the cast, which includes Quinn (Robbie), Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco), Black Mask (Ewan McGregor), Victor Zsasz (Chris Messina) and Gotham City police detective Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez).

Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn) hits theaters Feb. 7, 2020.

How do you feel about Will Smith’s exit from Suicide Squad 2? Who would you like to see step into the role of Deadshot? Sound off in the comments below!

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Written by Whitney Shoemaker

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