Before Dallas Buyers Club, there was a four-year gap between movies for Jared Leto while he concentrated on fronting his band. However after he won an Oscar, many expected him to return to the world of movies with a vengeance.
Despite a few possibilities he’s yet to pick his next role, but that may change soon if Warner and DC get their way, as TheWrap reports that they want him to play The Joker in Suicide Squad. Ryan Gosling was previously circling the role, but he apparently didn’t want to to sign a deal that would cover multiple movies (which could also be an issue with Leto).
You’ve also got to imagine any actor would also have qualms about taking the role, as they’re bound to be compared to Heath Ledger’s iconic performance in The Dark Knight.
As previously reported, Will Smith, Cara Delevigne, Tom Hardy, and Margot Robbie are all said to be in various stages of discussions to star Suicide Squad, with Jesse Eisenberg expected to reprise his Batman v Superman role as Lex Luthor. However as yet no casting has been confirmed.
It’s said Suicide Squad will focus on seven DC Comics villains, who have been captured but are offered the chance for redemption with a mission none of them are expected to survive.
David Ayer will direct with an August 2016 release planned.