It’s not like fans get upset about casting in a comic book movie when it doesn’t meet their exacting nebulous expectations, right? Still, the casting of the upcoming DC Comics-based film Suicide Squad came out strong late last year with the announcement that Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevingne, Jared Leto, and Tom Hardy had all signed on. But Hardy had to bow out with a busy schedule leaving a Rick Flagg-sized hole in the cast that Jake Gyllenhaal refused to film. The production’s in trouble, right? Not so fast says that man playing Deadshot and the woman playing Harley Quinn. These casting difficulties are just par for the course in a major Hollywood production.
Smith and Robbie are currently doing a round of press together for their upcoming con man romp Focus, and in talking to USA Today, the topic of conversation naturally turned to the next project they’re working on together, Suicide Squad. The production will start shooting later this spring in Toronto under the direction of David Ayers (Fury), so does that mean we should be freaking out that there’s still no Flagg flying (so to speak)? Deadshot and Harley say, “no.”
“We’ve still got to get it right,” Smith said of the casting dilemma.
“This happens all the time. People act like, ‘Oh my god, the movie must be ending!’ It’s just the deal with movies,” added Robbie, who shrewdly points out that there’s more than enough pressure on the production with some cast members playing such iconic characters.
“[A] lot of the characters haven’t been portrayed before so it’s a pretty big undertaking,” Robbie explained. “And it’s a big undertaking for the people who are going to play the characters who have been played, like the Joker [played by Jared Leto]. It’s big shoes to fill.”
If that explanation doesn’t satisfy you, Smith provided the “Hollywood is just like the rest us” excuse as Ayer turned in his finished script right before Christmas. “What happens is Hollywood shuts down,” Smith said. “But he was still working and he wanted to [start shooting] April 13th. So it takes a couple of weeks to gear back up at the top of the year and people have taken [other] movies. He’s moving really quickly.”
Also moving quick is Smith’s desire to get in shape to play a super-villain. “Oh god yes,” Smith said when asked if he had started his workout yet. “I started before Christmas. No carbs on Christmas! It was terrible.”
Robbie, on the contrary, had a good Christmas. “Oh, I ate everything on Christmas,” she said laughing almost Joker-like (I assume). “I’m not strong though. To do all your own stunts you have to be so strong.”
As to the main point, the yet-to-be-filled vacancy of Rick Flagg, it’s actually just one of a couple of big casting positions still open in the production. The all important role of A.R.G.U.S. head and Squad creator Amanda Waller remains open, although it’s a foregone conclusion that Viola Davis is going to take the part. Likely, Warner Bros. is waiting to get all their eggs in a row before drafting another press release. Jesse Eisenberg, who plays Lex Luthor in the upcoming Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, is also rumored to be a part of the film.
Suicide Squad will be in theaters everywhere on August 5, 2016.
Source: Comic Book.com