Idris Elba playfully teased the identity of his character in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad.
The identity of Idris Elba’s character in The Suicide Squad remains unknown and the actor was asked if he could reveal details on his role during an interview with Variety at the Cats premiere. Of course, Idris Elba could not share any new information on the James Gunn film, but he did have some fun with fans by saying, “I can totally tell you his name,” before mouthing something inaudible and apologizing when the interviewer attributed the silence to sound issues.
It was first thought that Elba would reprise the role of Deadshot, previously played by Will Smith, but it was later revealed that the DC villain would be removed from the film altogether. With this announcement, there was chatter Elba might be Sportsmaster or Deathstroke, but nothing has been confirmed.
Written and directed by James Gunn, The Suicide Squad is set to hit theaters Aug. 6, 2021. Several cast members from 2016’s Suicide Squad will reprise their roles, including Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg and Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang. Also joining the cast are David Dastmalchian, John Cena, Joaquin Cosio, Nathan Fillion, Mayling Ng, Flula Borg, Sean Gunn, Juan Diego Botto, Storm Reid, Pete Davidson, Taika Waititi, Alice Braga, Steve Agee, Tinashe Kajese, Daniela Melchior, Peter Capaldi, Julio Ruiz, Jennifer Holland, Idris Elba and Michael Rooker.