When Idris Elba first engaged in James Gunn’s The suicide squadThe British actor is rumored to take the role of Deadshot ahead of Will Smith, who has stepped down due to scheduling conflicts. Months later, news broke that Gunn was on the verge of removing the Sniper Assassin from his script entirely out of respect for Smith – but Elba would remain on board. So who would he play instead? Gunn and Warner Bros. were discreet. In other words, until the DC FanDome event.
On Saturday, Gunn stepped onto the digital scene to finally announce Elba’s role in the reboot sequel: he’s playing Bloodsport.
The character has had a few variations since the DC New 52 reboot, but essentially he uses guns to take on Superman. His original origin saw a man take a mental break after finding out his brother had taken his place in the Vietnam Draft and been manipulated by Lex Luthor to blame Superman. A version of the character also appeared in The CW’s Super Girl.
The suicide squad once again stars Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, fresh from the events of Birds of prey, with Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller.
There are a ton of other newbies joining Elba. The announced cast includes Michael Rooker as Savant, Flula Borg as Javelin, Alice Braga as Solsoria, Nathan Fillion as TDK, John Cena as Peacemaker, Peter Capaldi as Thinker, Pete Davidson as Blackguard, David Dastmalchian as Polka-Dot Man, the Newcomer Daniela Melchior as the Ratcatcher, and Sean Gunn and Steve Agee as voice / motion capture artists behind Weasel and King Shark, respectively.
The suicide squad was one of the few films to have completed filming before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down most film productions around the world. The film is currently set to hit theaters on August 6, 2021.