Jai Courtney Eyed for Deadshot Role in Suicide Squad

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Jai Courtney, best known for his performance in A Good Day to Die Hard as the son of Bruce Willis’ John McClane, is reportedly up for the role of the DC Comics mercenary Deadshot in David Ayer’s bad guy team-up Suicide Squad. Variety has the news, claiming that Tom Hardy, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie and Will Smith all still remain in talks as well.

Created by Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru back in 1959, the Suicide Squad team has included countless DC villains among its ranks, including Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, Bane, Killer Frost, Poison Ivy, Count Vertigo, Deathstroke, and Harley Quinn. The CW’s “Arrow” introduced their own version of the team in the most recent season of the series and the recent animated film, Batman: Assault on Arkham, offered another version of the team.

Recently played by Michael Rowe on “Arrow,” Floyd Lawton is the true identity of Deadshot. Although Lawton doesn’t have any superhuman abilities per se, his extreme skill set makes him one of the most deadly assassins in the DC Universe.

As previously reported, Robbie is up for the part of Harley Quinn while Leto would portray the Clown Prince of Crime himself, The Joker.

Suicide Squad is slated to hit theaters August 5, 2016.

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