Joel Kinnaman Confirms Rick Flag Role For Suicide Squad

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The internet has been jumping on the idea that Joel Kinnaman should be replacing the depart Tom Hardy from David Ayer’s Suicide Squad. It seems that everyone can put that rumor to rest, as he confirmed on Monday that he will, in fact, play the character based on the comic. Production begins next month.

As he is doing press for Run All Night, he was asked if he can make the role his own, since no one has made a definitive version of the character, who leads the team.

“Yeah, for sure,” Kinnaman told Uproxx. “And you want the backstory of the character, but I think this is also a universe that David Ayer is going to create – there’s a lot more. Also, when you’re doing the first movie in a comic book, you always have the leeway of you’re going to move it from a comic book to a film and put it in real life – you’re always going to make a lot of changes and create a new universe. So you’re kind of setting a precedent. When you’re remaking a movie that’s already been made and a character that was made for the film, then it becomes a different thing and it’s more difficult to create something new without offending some people.”

He made his point clear that he was not familiar with the character when he was offered the role. He is currently finishing up Alejandro G. Inarritu’s The Revenant before he hits the set for the upcoming comic that is schedule for release next year.

“The story’s dope and David is just, he’s cool,” Kinnaman exclaimed about the film’s plot and director. “You know, I think you’re always afraid when you go into like a big superhero movie that it’s gonna be kinda just action and you’re not gonna be able to just really go to the bottom of the characters, but I think he’s gonna be able to do both, really give it both depth and scale. Yeah, all the conversations that we’ve had so far have been like, ‘Wow. Okay, we’re really going there.’ So that’s fun.”

Suicide Squad is set for release on August 5, 2016.

 

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