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Will Smith exits new Suicide Squad

Will the role be recast or left out of proceedings?

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While Margot Robbie will be back to yield her splintery choice of weapon, “Suicide Squad” co-star Will Smith won’t be returning for James Gunn’s follow-up.

It’s sounding more and more like Robbie’s Harley Quinn will be the only carry-over onto Gunn’s reboot with confirmation today that Smith’s Deadshot will not feature this time around. The “Bad Boys For Life” star had discussed reprising his role for the film but scheduling got in the way – whether that means his role will be recast for the new film or simply left out of proceedings is unclear.

Smith and Robbie’s Deadshot and Harley Quinn, respectively, featured in 2016’s “Suicide Squad”. That film also featured the likes of El Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), and Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), none of whom are expected to return for seconds.

“The Suicide Squad”, which is seen as somewhat of a soft relaunch of the movie franchise, and will largely feature new characters, hits screens August 6, 2021.

Meanwhile, Robbie’s Harley Quinn can be seen in Cathy Yan’s ‘’Birds of Prey’’ which is slated to open a year earlier, on Feb. 7, 2020.

50-year-old Smith next appears in the third instalment of “Bad Boys” – a film, he joked this week, will be littered with course language.

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Casting : Stoll, James, Kinnear, Yen, Phillippe, O’Dowd

Two join Spielberg’s “West Side Story”, a “Penny Dreadful” regular returns for spin-off & more

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Corey Stoll and Brian d’Arcy James have joined Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of ”West Side Story”. Stoll will play Lieutenant Schrank, the New York City detective charged with quelling civic unrest in his racially divided precinct, while dʼArcy James will play Sergeant Krupke, a veteran cop whose beat includes the territories of the Sharks and the Jets. [More…]

Rory Kinnear has joined “Penny Dreadful : City of Angels”, the next chapter of the “Penny Dreadful” saga, in the series regular role of Dr. Peter Craft. Craft is a successful German pediatrician and the head of the German-American Bund, an organization he hopes will keep the United States isolated from the growing threat of war in Europe. [More..]

“Rogue One” star Donnie Yen is set to play a cop who mentors Nicholas Tse in director Benny Chan’s ”Raging Fire”, to be produced by Emperor Motion Pictures. Yen’s character is a cop too honest for his own good who sees his protégé, played by Tse, rising in the ranks as his own career stalls. But Tse’s unethical behavior lands him in prison, and the embittered man vows to take revenge on his former mentor. [More…]

“Shooter” alum Ryan Phillippe has been tapped as the lead in CBS’ drama pilot ”Alive”. Katrina Law and Aaron Staton are set as co-leads in the project, a modern interpretation of the classic Frankenstein tale in a cop procedural setting. Show “centers on Mark Escher (Phillippe), a San Francisco homicide detective who’s mysteriously brought back to life after being killed in the line of duty. But as he resumes his old life and he and his wife Elizabeth (Law) realize he isn’t the same person he used to be, they zero in on the strange man behind his resurrection: Dr. Victor Frankenstein (Staton).” [More…]

Chris O’Dowd will star in an episode of producer Jordan Peele’s “Twilight Zone” reboot at CBS All Access. The “Bridesmaids” actor will appear in the ep “The Blue Scorpion,” written by Glen Morgan, which will also feature Amy Landecker. “The Twilight Zone” premieres with a double episode on April 1. [More..]

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Actor rumored for lead role in Christopher Nolan’s next

Described as a “massive, innovative, action blockbuster” with elements of Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest”

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“BlacKkKlansman’s” John David Washington looks to star in Christopher Nolan’s next film, sources tell Variety.

Described as a “massive, innovative, action blockbuster” with elements of Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest”, the Warner Bros. release will hit theaters July 17, 2020.

While plot details are being kept under wraps, Washington, known for HBO’s “Ballers” and last year’s “BlacKkKlansman” is the first actor to be linked to the production.

John David Washington in BlacKkKlansman (2018)

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood to premiere at Cannes

25 years to the day since the former video store clerk’s “Pulp Fiction” played the fest

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Quentin Tarantino’s highly-anticipated “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood” will premiere at Cannes, according to THR.

Though the official word hasn’t gone out yet, the new pic is rumored to debut on May 21 at the festival, 25 years to the day since the former video store clerk’s “Pulp Fiction” played the Croisette.

The film, starring Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie, is set in 1969 Los Angeles during the height of the hippie movement and the Manson family murders, the story centers around former TV Western star Cliff Booth (DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Rick Dalton (Pitt) as they navigate a town and an industry they hardly recognize. Robbie plays the late Sharon Tate.

Two new posters for the film were released this week (below).

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