Jake Gyllenhaal turns down the chance to replace Tom Hardy in DC's Suicide Squad
Jake Gyllenhaal has turned down the chance to replace Tom Hardy in DC's new big-budget adaptation of beloved DC comic Suicide Squad.
Hardy had been due to take the part of Rick Flagg, but has been forced to exit the role due to scheduling complications. He is currently shooting dark western The Revenant with BiRDMAN director Alejandro González Iñárritu and Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Poulter and Domhnall Gleeson, and the shoot has run on longer than expected.
The actor also has a worldwide publicity tour booked to promote new blockbuster Mad Max: Fury Road, meaning he does not have enough time to prepare for the role of Flagg.
They had approached Gyllenhaal about taking over the role, but according to Variety, he has passed on the role. The film does not begin production until April, so studio Warner Brothers still have plenty of time to replace Hardy in the new film.
The rest of the key cast of the blockbuster were confirmed at the end of 2014. Will Smith will lead the way as Deadshot, with Jared Leto playing The Joker and Delevingne as Enchantress. It also features The Wolf Of Wall Street's Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and Jai Courtney as Boomerang.
It was reported late last year that Jesse Eisenberg is set to transfer his Lex Luthor character from Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and into Suicide Squad, but Eisenberg has, so far, not been announced for the film.
Suicide Squad is to be directed by Fury's David Ayer and will go into production in April, with a release date of August 5th in 2016 already confirmed.