When The Suicide Squad hits theaters, Will Smith won't be returning for a second round as the DC Extended Universe's Deadshot. However, a new actor may take on Smith's role if the character still appears in the film.
As reported by Variety writer Justin Kroll, who broke the news that Smith wouldn't return for the sequel, there's a chance that the character may be recast for James Gunn's The Suicide Squad. Smith was forced to exit the project due to scheduling conflicts between his filming the sequel to Netflix's Bright and production on The Suicide Squad. Now, the studio is reportedly deciding whether it will recast the role, or simply replace the character of Deadshot with another DC character.
One item I forgot to add to story, sources say execs are now deciding whether they will recast the role or replace Deadshot with a different character from the DC universe to join the team in sequel— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) February 28, 2019
Kroll doesn't go into specifics regarding which characters the studio is possibly looking at, if it decides to bring in a new team member in place of Deadshot.
However, it's of note that the film has been billed as a soft reboot ever since James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) was brought on to write and direct the film. At that time, it was revealed that the film is expected to take the franchise in an entirely new direction with a mostly all-new cast of characters and actors -- so the possibility of a new team member being brought in to replace Deadshot wouldn't be entirely too surprising.
As of now, Will Smith is the only actor officially confirmed to not be returning for The Suicide Squad, while it's rumored that actress Margot Robbie will once again suit up as the fan-favorite Harley Quinn for the feature.
Written and directed by James Gunn, The Suicide Squad does not have an announced cast yet. The film is set to hit theaters Aug. 6, 2021.