"Divergent" and "Terminator: Genisys" actor Jai Courtney is in discussions with Warner Bros. for a major part in 2016's "Suicide Squad" believed to be Deadshot, according to a report late Wednesday from Variety.
This follows earlier reports that Jared Leto is in negotiations to play the Joker in the film, and that Margot Robbie has been cast in the role of Harley Quinn. Variety further states that both actors are in "various stages of discussion" for parts in the film, as are Tom Hardy and Will Smith. According to the outlet, Hardy is being considered for Rick Flag, and Smith's role is "uncertain" but "likely" Captain Boomerang. Reports have attached Smith, Hardy and Robbie to the film since shortly after it was made official last month. Reports also state that Jesse Eisenberg may potentially reprise his "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" role of Lex Luthor in "Suicide Squad."
Deadshot has been a major component in multiple incarnations of the Suicide Squad, dating back to writer John Ostrander's 1987 reinvention of the DC Comics team that serves as inspiration for the film. The character has been played in live-action by Michael Rowe in The CW's current DC-based series "Arrow," and appeared as a member of that show's Suicide Squad last season.
Traditionally depicted as a Batman villain, Deadshot -- civilian name Floyd Lawton -- was created by Bob Kane, David Vern Reed and Lew Schwartz, and first seen in 1950's "Batman" #59.
Directed by David Ayer, "Suicide Squad" is expected for release on Aug. 5, 2016.