Week in Review: Tom Hardy exits ‘Suicide Squad’, Jake Gyllenhaal may replace

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UPDATE: /Film is reporting that Jake Gyllenhaal has passed on Suicide Squad.

Tom Hardy, who is a brilliant actor but sounds unintelligible, was forced this week to drop out of the superhero franchise in the making Suicide Squad. Tom Hardy was to be the lead Rick Flag, alongside Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevigne and Jared Leto, in a supervillain mash-up movie. But Hardy’s latest project, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s The Revenant, is running behind schedule, forcing the actor to pull out and leave the super villainy to someone else.

The Wrap is now reporting that Suicide Squad’s director David Ayer’s first choice to replace Hardy is Jake Gyllenhaal, who has never appeared in a superhero movie and previously worked with Ayer on the cop drama End of Watch. The Wrap points out that Gyllenhaal is currently at work on Southpaw for Antoine Fuqua, a boxing movie that required him to get absolutely jacked.

Ruben Östlund, director of Sweden’s submission to the Oscars Force Majeure, found his film out of the running when nominations were announced Thursday morning. We can argue all day about whether the film was snubbed in comparison to the other nominees, but it certainly looks as though Östlund is torn up about it, frustrated that the Polish film Ida not only got in for Best Foreign Language Film but also for Best Cinematography. Or not, because word on social media has since been that Östlund intended the video in jest, and that the whole thing may have been staged. Whatever the case may be, those are some serious man tears near the end there.

Rumors were awash this week that maybe the Marvel Cinematic Universe would get ever closer to that perfect synergy between page and screen with hopes that Spider-Man might be a part of The Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1. Originally it was suspected that Spidey would be a part of Captain America: Civil War, as that’s how it is in the comics and all is pointless unless we have perfect faithfulness and fan service to the source material. But despite declining receipts on The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Sony was not ready to part with their flagship superhero for that film. And yet even this latest rumor has been put to rest, with Sony responding to new rumors by saying there is “no validity whatsoever.” So no, the biggest fangasm ever seems to be no closer.

Though she didn’t get a much-deserved Oscar nomination for adapting her own novel Gone Girl into a movie, Gillian Flynn flirted with the possibility of a Gone Girl sequel, picking up with Nick and Amy Dunne several years after the events of the first book. “It could be really fun a few years from now to pick it up and see what those crazy Dunnes are up to a few years down the road and if they got on—not well I don’t think,” she told The New York Daily News.

Flynn didn’t intend for this to be a novel, but another film, and in order to do it she would want the same cast and director on board. Regardless, this possible project will have to wait, as Flynn, David Fincher and Ben Affleck are all working on a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train, as we reported earlier this week.

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