On Thursday, news broke that Tom Hardy had decided to drop out of the upcoming Suicide Squad film due to scheduling conflicts.
Now, reports are coming out that scheduling had nothing to do with Hardy’s exit and, in fact, had everything to do with the script.
Latino Review was the first to break the news, saying:
“According to sources, He simply didn’t like the script he was finally given, he didn’t like the drastic change to the character. Like we figured, the scheduling conflict is a cover story, so he left the project under amicable terms.”
The website goes on to say that the current script gives much more screen time to Deadshot (Will Smith) and The Joker (Jared Leto) while focusing less on the other villains, including Rick Flagg, who would have been played by Hardy.
Hardy previously joined the DC universe when he played Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, so it might be safe to assume that he has a handle on that universes’ respective villains and left the film because he felt the film wasn’t up-to-snuff. Of course, this is all conjecture at this point.
With Hardy out of the film, director David Ayer is reportedly courting Jake Gyllenhaal to take over the role of Rick Flagg.
Suicide Squad is scheduled for a theatrical release on August 5, 2016.