Filmmaker David Ayer (“Fury”) will direct the Warner Bros. film version of DC Comics’ “Suicide Squad.” The film is in development, but the buzz has hit the Internet that Academy Award winning actor Jared Leto is being tapped to play the Joker, a character immortalized in “The Dark Knight” by the late Heath Ledger. Leto and Warner Bros. have not yet commented.

Jared Leto

An insider reported that Ryan Gosling was initially offered the ‘Crown Prince of Crime’ role, but turned it down because he didn’t want to sign on for a multi-picture deal. Actor Jesse Eisenberg (“The Social Network”) is expected to play Lex Luthor, which will reprise his role as Superman’s arch nemesis from the upcoming “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

Other actors in talks to play roles in “Suicide Squad” include: Tom Hardy (“Mad Max: Fury Road,”) Margot Robbie (“The Wolf of Wall Street”) and Will Smith (Oh, Hell No!)

“Suicide Squad” is based on the DC Comics by the same title. The story finds the government granting a group of super villains a shot at redemption by sending them on a mission that will likely kill them.

Leto as Rayon

Leto as Rayon

Leto won the Academy Award for his supporting role as Rayon, a drug addicted, HIV-positive, trans woman, in 2013’s “Dallas Buyers Club.” Apparently he was interested in playing Dr. Strange for Marvel, but the company was looking for someone who was a more established actor. This led Leto to Warner Bros., who has been eager to work with the actor and ’30 Seconds to Mars’ lead singer. The partnership could prove to be fruitful for Leto. It would definitely give him more visibility and box office sway.

The original draft of the screenplay by Justin Marks did not include the Joker. It’s rumored that Ayer will rewrite the script with the revision including Arkham Asylum’s number one inmate. This is a wise move on the part of Warner Bros. concerning the overwhelming popularity of the character.

Harley Quinn and Cara Delevingne

Harley Quinn and Cara Delevingne

Latino Review recently reported that model/actress Cara Delevingne (“Tulip Fever”) may play the Joker’s female sidekick Harley Quinn. The two characters have a fan famous love hate relationship. Delevingne tweeted a picture of Harley Quinn several weeks before speculation first started.

“Suicide Squad” is expected to open in theaters on August 5, 2016. Charles Roven is producing. Justin Marks wrote the original screenplay, while David Ayer will do the revision. David Ayer directs.

Sources: The Wrap, IMDb

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