March 7 (UPI) -- Idris Elba may play the anti-hero Deadshot in the upcoming Suicide Squad sequel.
Sources said Suicide Squad 2 will mostly feature characters who didn't appear in the original film, although Deadshot, Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman) are expected to return.
Deadline said Gunn hopes to begin production in Atlanta, Ga., in September. Suicide Squad 2 is slated to open in theaters Aug. 6, 2021.
News broke last week Smith was leaving the sequel due to scheduling issues. The actor will reportedly play Venus and Serena Williams' father and former tennis coach, Richard Williams, in the new movie King Richard.
Elba plays Heimdall in Thor and other movies in the Marvel cinematic universe. He is also known for starring in the BBC series Luther, which released its fifth season in January.