- Oprah Winfrey
In 2014, it was revealed that Warner Bros. was still looking to fill the role of Amanda Waller, the tough and sometimes evil-minded government agent responsible for formulating and leading the squad. According to Variety, Oprah Winfrey was initially the studio’s top choice for the part. That didn’t pan out, but the project found a more than adequate replacement in Oscar nominee, Viola Davis. Davis confirmed her participation in the movie in early 2015 during an interview on the Oscar red carpet.
5. Jake Gyllenhaal
After Hardy dropped out of the role of Rick Flag, Warner Bros. and Ayer reportedly began courting Jake Gyllenhaal to take over the part. The actor was enjoying a career high at the time, following his critically appraised and Golden Globe-nominated starring turn in Nightcrawler. Looking to bank on that momentum, the studio reportedly already extended him an offer to co-star in Suicide Squad. Despite the studio’s best efforts, Gyllenhaal declined to take part in early 2015. As previously mentioned, Kinnaman ended up portraying Flag in the film.