James Gunn almost wrote out a primary The Suicide Squad character

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The Suicide Squad actor Joel Kinnaman, who played Rick Flag in the previous film, almost couldn’t reprise his role. Kinnerman spoke about the movie with The Hollywood Reporter, while promoting the movie earlier this week. 

The Suicide Squad is not a direct sequel to the 2016 film, however it is set in the same universe. It features new heroes played by John Cena, Idris Elba and a returning cast of Margot Robbie and Joel Kinnaman.

Busy Schedules

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Kinnaman spoke about his busy schedule in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. The star almost had to miss out on the movie. This was due to scheduling conflicts with his role in the Apple TV+ series For All Mankind. Kinnaman, who plays Rick Flag in The Suicide Squad, is the leader of the cast of anti-heroes. 

My manager, Shelley Browning, and my agents, Boomer Malkin and Andrew Finkelstein, definitely won the agent Oscar for this because it was a really, really tricky scheduling situation," commented the actor.”

The actor added “And I also have to thank [For All Mankind creator] Ron Moore so much and everyone at Apple for helping out.” Without the support of Apple and the team behind The Suicide Squad, it was likely that James Gunn would have had to write the character out of the script, leaving space for a new leader. 

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The Suicide Squad feels different

Kinnaman also spoke about how Rick Flag feels like a different character: “When I read The Suicide Squad, it felt clear. This isn't really the same guy. It just does not feel like the same guy,"

"So pretty early on, I decided I was not going to treat it like a continuation of what I did before. And then I had a chat with James, and he was completely supportive of that idea of just letting this be its own thing,” added Kinnaman.

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