DC's Suicide Squad movie is already dropping bodies, and filming hasn't even begun yet. But just like the comics, they've already got a replacement in mind.
The Hollywood Reporter has news that Tom Hardy, who was set to play group leader Rick Flagg, has dropped out of the movie due to scheduling. According to unnamed sources, Hardy had to back out of Suicide Squad, which begins shooting in April, because the movie he's currently filming, The Revenant, has gone over schedule. Add to that the press tour for May's Warner Bros. release Mad Max: Fury Road, and Hardy would have been hard pressed to to fit into Suicide Squad's schedule.
But just as this was announced, THR added to their story that Warner Bros. has already extended an offer to Jake Gyllenhaal to replace Hardy as Flagg. Gyllenhaal worked recently with Suicide Squad director David Ayer on End of Watch, and is currently performing on Broady's Constellations. Interestingly enough, Gyllenhaal was also the scheduled replacement for Toby Maguire in the second Spider-Man movie, as Maguire was briefly believed to be injured and unable to play the role. Maguire ultimately recovered from the injury, which was incurred during the filming of Seabiscuit, and Gyllenhaal ceded the role back to Maguire.