The only other man who could play Floyd Lawton has been identified.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Wire‘s Idris Elba is in talks to replace Will Smith as Deadshot in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad. Apparently, Elba was Gunn’s only choice to take over the role. Based on a concept by Bob Kane, Floyd Lawton was created by David Vern Reed and Lew Schwartz in 1950’s Batman #59. Debuting as a phony hero to draw suspicions away from his crimes, Floyd soon became a gun for hire, boasting that he always hit his targets. The character — upgrading his weapons and costume — eventually became a member of the Suicide Squad and, later, the Secret Six. He’s a flamboyant marksman and the sort of role perfect for Smith.
In fact, some would say he was the single most perfect bit of casting in that first film, even if he didn’t bring all of his ebullient swagger to the role. But with Gunn taking over the sequel, Smith decided to walk away, opening the door for Elba to play the character.
Reportedly, the film will feature a new roster of villains assisting Deadshot and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) in their latest mission.
The Suicide Squad opens on August 6th, 2021.