James Gunn’s Suicide Squad sequel tentatively titled The Suicide Squad will be without one of its lead characters.

According to Variety, Will Smith, who played Deadshot in 2016’s Suicide Squad, is not expected to reprise his role in the James Gunn-directed sequel. The reason being The actor and the studio came into some scheduling conflicts and it appears that the split is amicable.

Gunn’s focus is to take the franchise in a new direction with mostly an all-new cast of characters and actors. Given this information, it is unclear if the film will remain apart of the current DCEU or operate outside of it. According to those close to the project the film will be very much rooted in Gunn’s vibe, as seen in the Guardians movies.

Charles Roven and Peter Safran will produce the feature. Zack Snyder and Deborah Snyder are acting as executive producers.

The Suicide Squad is set to hit theaters on August 6, 2021.

Source: Variety

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