Rick Flagg

David Ayer’s all-star bad guy lineup Suicide Squad revolves around a team of villains that are tasked with carrying out dangerous missions for the government in exchange for commuted sentences. Actor Tom Hardy had originally been set to play Rick Flagg, leader of the Suicide Squad. Hardy dropped out of the project under mysterious reasons; with the part being taken up by RoboCop star Joel KinnamanRumors had been circling that Hardy pulling from the project was due to him being unhappy with the script, but in an interview with Collider, Hardy explains the real reason he had to buck, as well as his fondness for the script and concept for Suicide Squad. Those of you scratching your head over the expression “alley” can just mentally equate it to “top par.” (more…)

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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. (more…)