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Idris Elba Likely to Replace Will Smith in ‘Suicide Squad’ Sequel

Will Smith is saying goodbye to Suicide Squad, and will likely be replaced by Luther actor, Idris Elba.

LOS ANGELES - FEB 24: Will Smith at the "Focus" Premiere at TCL Chinese Theater on February 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA - Idris Elba at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Pacific Rim' held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on July 9, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

Will Smith is saying goodbye to Suicide Squad, and he will likely be replaced by Luther star Idris Elba.  

THR reports that Smith, who played assassin Deadshot in the 2016 film, opted out of starring in the upcoming sequel due to scheduling conflicts. Elba, the front-runner to replace the Bright actor, made a huge impression on Warner Bros. and director James Gunn during a recent meeting.

Smith is busy preparing for the release of Disney’s live-action version of Aladdin, The latest teaser for the Guy Ritchie-directed film was packed with recreated moments from the original animated film, including music and, of course, a blue genie.

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