Will Smith won't appear in Suicide Squad sequel - report

It's unclear who else will be returning for the movie follow-up, due for release in 2021.

Will Smith won't reprise his role as Deadshot in the sequel to 2016 movie Suicide Squad, according to reports.

The 50-year-old actor had never been officially announced as part of the cast for the follow-up. However, it had been expected that Warner Bros. would be keen to get him on board - considering he was one of the biggest names in the original, along with Margot Robbie and Jared Leto.

Now Variety has reported that scheduling issues made it impossible for Smith to sign up for the sequel, adding "the decision was made on amicable terms between both sides with no hard feelings".

Despite Smith's decision to leave the franchise, Warner Bros. are still said to be "fully behind" the sequel - and are hoping it does as well as the first film. Despite being critically mauled, Suicide Squad, directed by David Ayer, went on to make almost $750 million (£570 million) at the global box office.

Moviemaker James Gunn was brought on last year to write and direct Suicide Squad 2, which currently has a release date of 6 August 2021. Production is expected to begin this fall.

It remains to be seen which of the Suicide Squad cast members will return for the follow-up, although it seems likely Robbie will be reprising her Harley Quinn role once again considering she's currently shooting spin-off Birds of Prey.

Another famous face keen to land a role in the sequel is wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista, who shared his support for Gunn after he was linked to the Suicide Squad sequel following his firing from Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 film in July (18), after controversial tweets he sent years ago resurfaced online.

"Where do I sign up!" the wrestler-turned-actor wrote on Twitter alongside a link to an article about Gunn's new project.

Bautista worked with Gunn on the first two Guardians of the Galaxy movies, in which he played the role of Drax the Destroyer. In August, he emphasised his dissatisfaction with Disney executives over their decision to drop Gunn from the franchise.

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