Jake Gyllenhaal Passes on ‘Suicide Squad’

Jake Gyllenhaal
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Warner Bros.’ “Suicide Squad” still looks to be one member short.

Following Tom Hardy’s departure from the role of Rick Flag, sources now tell Variety that Jake Gyllenhaal has passed on an offer to play the leader of the superhero team.

WB had no comment.

The film currently stars Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney and Cara Delevingne, with David Ayer directing. The pic doesn’t go into production until April, so there is still plenty of time to find another person to fill the role.

The film is set to bow Aug. 5, 2016.

Gyllenhaal has a handful of films debuting in 2015, including “Southpaw,” “Everest” and “Demolition.” He is repped by WME.

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  1. cdhaskell says:

    Jake Gyllenhaal didn’t wanted his career turn like Johnny Deeps is slowly turning into a series of big fat bad movie where only the very loyal fan sit through the whole film.

  2. 1in8billion says:

    i’ll do it

  3. I hope Tom Cruise can rise to the occasion and take this role on. I think he would be perfect.

  4. Noooooooooo!! Why? He would have been perfect (as he is in anything he does).

  5. crookedmindframe says:

    Good move Jake. Continue to make challenging and original films.

  6. Reblogged this on The Pop Culture Cafe and commented:
    First Tom Hardy passes on “Suicide Squad” and now news has come the Jake Gyllenhaal is also passing on it also. Is this going to be a case of actors not having confidence in the product or the right actor for the role will just appear.

    • Dan J says:

      Like Prince of Persia, The Day After Tomorrow, and Bubble Boy?

    • MoonsKnight says:

      Tom Hardy didn’t pass by choice. He had scheduling conflicts that he just couldn’t workout. And if you look at his film schedule, you can easily see why.
      Also, a lot of actors know that superhero films generally require contracts with multi-film deals to commit to and such. Many actors don’t want to be locked into such a contract. They’d rather be free to the films they choose when they want to.

  7. Miguel Pelusa says:

    Not that he needs to, but (should Gyllenhaal play his superhero card) he should hold out for a bigger title… rebooted Green Lantern even. I’d buy him as Hal.

  8. This could be a good chance to change the role to female, or mix it up to avoid this becoming rotten. Turn this situation around by making it more female driven and instead of “why doesn’t anyone want it?” the story is “What Marvel should learn from DC.” It’s not like we know who Rick Flag is, so change it. More liberties have been taken with more popular, time honored works after all. Get Olivia Munn or Rosario Dawson as superheroes, they have the frame.

  9. razorstar90 says:

    Duh he passed, the role is for Rick Flag. It’s like signing up to play Jimmy Olsen in a Superman movie. No matter what Lex Luthor, Lois Lane and Superman are going to be big players. IT’s Suicide Squad, Deadshot and Harley Quinn are the big guns and since they are pulling an Assault on Arkham Joker’s big time to. Hell Captain Boomerang is more important in the Suicide Squad dynamic than Flag. So is Amanda Waller.

  10. Tremendous disappointment to see Hardy drop, but I’m sure he had a good reason.

  11. cdhaskell says:

    I can’t wait to learn who will play Rick Flag. I hope that WB will call up Joe Edgerton for the role.

  12. Red says:

    Call up Joel Edgerton.

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