Actor Jared Leto is in talks to play the role of The Joker in the adaptation of DC Comics’ “Suicide Squad,” The Wrap reported Friday. According the site, the Oscar-winning actor may join the cast of David Ayer’s highly-anticipated movie.
Ayer has reportedly been negotiating with several stars to join the line-up of the Warner Bros. movie. Ryan Gosling, Margot Robbie, Tom Hardy and Will Smith have all been targeted for the film, The Wrap reported. There have also reportedly been rumors that Gosling was being eyed for the iconic role of The Joker, famously protrayed by the late Heath Ledger in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight.”
Jesse Eisenberg was also rumored to be in the frame to play Lex Luthor in the “Suicide Squad,” the actor is playing the villain in the upcoming “Batman vs. Superman,” move, while Cara Delevingne could play the role of Harley Quinn, according to The Wrap.
The “Dallas Buyers Club” star was previously linked to a role in Marvel’s “Doctor Strange,” but the role reportedly went to “Sherlock” star Benedict Cumberbatch, although the news is yet to be confirmed by the studio.
"I do [have my eye on one project.] I am excited about what's happening," Leto said, in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
"There are incredible opportunities and I'm very grateful for them. I'm looking forward to making films again now that the tour is wrapping up. It's going to be an exciting 2015," the 42-year-old actor said. "I've sworn to keep my mouth shut but I think that very shortly there will be something to talk about, that's for sure," he added.
“Suicide Squad” is expected to hit theaters Aug. 5, 2016.