New concept art from The Suicide Squad confirms that Idris Elba almost placed Deadshot.
While Deadshot was one of the breakout characters of the original Suicide Squad movie, Will Smith was unable to reprise the role for its James Gunn-directed follow-up, citing scheduling conflicts. Idris Elba was initially expected to replace him as the DC Comics villain, but ended up playing an entirely different character instead.
Idris Elba’s DC Universe debut saw him taking on the role of Robert DuBois, a.ka. Bloodsport, one of new members of Task Force X. Now, a newly-surfaced piece of concept art for The Suicide Squad shows Elba in full costume for his original role as Will Smith’s Deadshot replacement.
Idris Elba becomes Deadshot
The Suicide Squad concept artist David Levy recently took to Behance to share some of his work for the movie. One of his pieces shows Idris Elba suited up as Deadshot, hanging from a plane above the ruins of the Jotunheim facility in Corto Maltese. Check out the artwork below.
After developing The Suicide Squad and its HBO Max spin-off series Peacemaker, James Gunn was tapped to spearhead the DC division of Warner Bros. Discovery alongside producer Peter Safran. Idris Elba’s future as Bloodsport is currently unclear, but Gunn could possibly incorporate him in his multi-year plan for the DC Universe.
The Suicide Squad also stars Margot Robbie, John Cena, Joel Kinnaman, Sylvester Stallone, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Peter Capaldi, David Dastmalchian, Daniela Melchior, Michael Rooker, Pete Davidson, Nathan Fillion, Sean Gunn, Flula Borg, Mayling Ng, Tinashe Kajese, Steve Agee, Jennifer Holland, Alice Braga, Juan Diego Botto, Joaquin Cosio, Storm Reid, and Taika Waititi.
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