Will Smith Won't Return for Suicide Squad 2: Report

Suicide Squad 2 will have to go on without its dangerous leader.

Variety reports that Will Smith and his anti-hero Deadshot will not be returning for the sequel, set to hit theaters in 2021. Smith served as the face of the original, which also featured Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jared Leto as the Joker and Viola Davis as the government official who puts the squad together.

The 50-year-old actor’s absence boils down to scheduling conflicts, according to Variety. Smith is currently filming the recently-announced Bad Boys reboot and next appears on Disney’s live-action Aladdin.

James Gunn, who was fired from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy franchise for old tweets joking about rape and pedophilia, signed on to write and potentially direct the sequel late last year. Filming is set to begin this fall, according to Variety. No one from the cast has been confirmed to return to the sequel yet.

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The first movie was a blockbuster hit, making over $746.8 million worldwide, and also starred Ike Barinholtz, Jaime FitzSimons and David Harbour.

But the sequel isn’t the only movie spinning off from Suicide Squad. Robbie is currently filming her standalone Harley Quinn movie Birds of Prey, which also features Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary and Ewan McGregor as Black Mask.

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The 28-year-old actress shared a selfie of herself blowing a kiss to the camera while wearing Harley’s distinctive white makeup with a bold red lip and a black heart on her right cheekbone. Robbie is also wearing a colorful costume, including a string confetti pullover and a heavy collar necklace with a dog tag on it.

“Miss me? ?HQ,” Robbie captioned the shot, leading fans to flood her comments with excitement.

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