No, Idris Elba was not hired to replace Will Smith in The Suicide Squad movie, and the actor himself confirmed this in a recent interview.
When it was first revealed that Idris Elba had been cast in The Suicide Squad lots of people thought that he might be replacing Will Smith.
It was then revealed that he would actually be playing a completely different character, Bloodsport.
So, he was never hired to replace Will Smith.
Smith played Deadshot in the first Suicide Squad film directed by David Ayer.
However, people still thought, even up until the movie was released, that Elba was replacing Will Smith.
No, Idris Elba wasn’t hired to replace Will Smith in The Suicide Squad
During an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Idris Elba had to clarify that he was not hired to replace Will Smith in the movie.
Here’s what he had to say on the matter:
Those rumours would be natural because Will said he wasn’t joining the second movie, so it was quite natural for audiences or fans to think that I would be taking over the Deadshot character because the Deadshot character lived in the other movie. I’m really satisfied that James didn’t want to do that, I didn’t want to do that. Deadshot is a great character and Will slays it, so I was really keen the audience and fans kept that rumour going.
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