Contrary to what was previously claimed, Idris Elba (46) will not replace Will Smith (50) in the new ‘Suicide Squad’ film. Variety reports that. Earlier it was announced that Elba would play the character Deadshot, a role played by Smith in the first ‘Suicide Squad’, but now the Briton would get his own character.

Initially it was announced that Idris Elba would play the character Deadshot instead of Will Smith, but sources now tell Variety that the production team, including director James Gunn, would not want to use Deadshot in ‘The Suicide Squad’, which should be sometime in 2021 Hatch. The team does not want to give Will Smith a feeling of irreverence because he is being replaced so quickly. Moreover, this solution allows the actor to return in a subsequent film, since he canceled because of a lack of time and not because of creative differences of opinion. It is not clear which character Elba will play. 

Warner bros. has not yet responded to the report.