Following the departure of Tom Hardy from Suicide Squad, actor Joel Kinnaman is emerging as the frontrunner to star as Rick Flagg in the high-profile action flick. The 35-year-old Swede’s career has been on the rise in the U.S. since he appeared in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. His most recent work includes a remake of RoboCop released last year and a starring role in the AMC crime series The Killing.
This news comes after reports that Jake Gyllenhaal turned down the role in this much-anticipated big screen comic book adaptation.
Created by Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru back in 1959, the story centers on a group of imprisoned DC comic book villains dubbed Task Force X, a.k.a. the Suicide Squad, who are recruited by a secret government agency to carry out a dangerous black ops mission in exchange for clemency.
The star-studded cast includes Will Smith as Deadshot, Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) as a new version of The Joker, Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) in the role of Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney (Divergent) as Boomerang, and exciting newcomer Cara Delevingne (Paper Towns) as the Enchantress. Also rumored to be boarding the project are actors Viola Davis, who will play Amanda Waller, and Jesse Eisenberg who will portray Lex Luthor.
Writing and directing the picture is David Ayer (Fast & Furious, Training Day and End of Watch).
Filming of Suicide Squad is scheduled to take place from April to September, and the movie will open in theaters nationwide Aug. 5, 2016.