Sad news, comic fans.
Tom Hardy, set to play Rick Flag in 2016's Suicide Squad, has sadly had to back out of the film due to scheduling conflicts with another upcoming movie, The Revenant. Mad Max: Fury Road, one of Hardy's other projects, is also cited as a reason for his departure from the project.
Yes, it's true. Our all-star cast will be shining a little dimmer from now on. Or will it? The role that would have marked Hardy's second performance as a DC comics character (alongside Bane in The Dark Knight Rises) is now up for grabs, and one acclaimed actor has already got his eyes on the prize...
According to TheWrap, everyone's favourite Cowboy/Persian Prince/Sociopath JAKE GYLLENHAAL has been named as director David Ayer's favourite to pick up the role that Hardy left behind. The two have worked together before on the 2012 film End of Watch, in which Gyllenhaal starred as Officer Taylor, and partnered with Gyllenhaal's experience in playing troubled characters with dark intentions, shown in his most recent hit Nightcrawler, I can understand Ayer's decision.
This isn't even the first time Gyllenhaal has been considered for a big role in a superhero movie. Only last year he appeared on the seemingly never ending list of actors fighting for the role of Doctor Strange, and even before that he'd been in talks for a role in the sadly underwhelming Green Hornet. Gyllenhaal certainly isn't a newbie, and while stepping into the shoes of someone as talented as Tom Hardy is no mean feat, I definitely think he's got the guts to pull it off.
Then again, it's still all just one big rumour right now.
Suicide Squad will be arriving in theatres August 5, 2016, starring Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevingne, Viola Davis and *fingers crossed* Jake Gyllenhaal.