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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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.