Updated 07:34 PM EDT, Sat, Sep 26, 2020

'Suicide Squad' Release Date, Cast & Trailer: Jake Gyllenhaal to Replace Tom Hardy?

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Warner Bros. is just beginning production of its upcoming 2016 film "Suicide Squad," but reports have it that they already lost one member after Tom Hardy backed out of the project due to scheduling issues, Screen Rant reported.

It hasn't been long since Warner announced its full cast of villains which will be portrayed by several award-winning actors and actresses. However, the company now finds itself in a bit of a debacle and will have no choice but to find a replacement for Hardy.

The news first appeared on Hollywood Reporter, claiming that Hardy dropped out because of scheduling conflicts with his other films, such as the Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu-directed "Revenant." Hardy stars in the film alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and shooting seemed to be taking longer than planned.

In addition, "Suicide Squad" starts filming in Toronto in April, and Hardy's other film "Mad Max: Fury Roads" cuts right through it with its opening on May 15.

Fans need not fear however, as the studio already has an actor in mind to take over the role -- "Nightcrawler" actor Jake Gyllenhaal, according to sources that talked to The Wrap.

Director David Ayer has reportedly invited Gyllenhaal to join the film after working with him in "End of Watch." Ayer and Warner Bros. were said to have already offered the deal and they are just waiting for the actor to accept if he's interested,.When approached for comments, both Gyllenhaal's camp and Warner's decided to keep mum, according to The Wrap.

It is unknown if Gyllenhaal will accept the role, but he's certainly being lauded for his diverse films and roles, according to Slash Film. Many have been praising his appearance on "Nightcrawler," so much so that some are criticizing awards shows for snubbing him during this year's awards season. He will also be seen next as Billy Hope in the boxing drama film "Southpaw," and some consider his gain in weight and muscles as good timing for Warner's "Suicide Squad."

Should Gyllenhaal accept the offer, he will take on the role of the decorated soldier Rick Flagg and join the likes of Will Smith as Deadshot, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jared Leto as Joker, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and more.

The story centers on a squad of supervillains, mercenaries and convicted killers led by Rick, who was given a chance by the government to redeem themselves by performing secret missions, most of them suicidal.

"Suicide Squad" opens on theaters on Aug. 5, 2016.

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