In honor of Idris Elba’s 48th birthday, Suicide Squad director James Gunn celebrated Elba’s help to his work on Twitter and revealed he specifically wrote the part of Bloodsport in his upcoming cinematic reboot of Suicide Squad for him.
Gunn said in his tweet that while he rarely wrote roles for specific actors, he wrote Bloodsport into The Suicide Squad with the intention of Elba playing the role.
Gunn praised Elba, saying the actor went beyond their expectations for the role and as a person, saying that he wanted viewers to see Elba’s performance when the movie aired.
Here’s what Gunn tweeted:
“I rarely write roles for actors I’ve never met, but I did exactly that for Idris Elba in The Suicide Squad & couldn’t be happier I did – you went beyond my expectations as an actor AND as a human being. I can’t wait for folks to see you as Bloodsport. Happy Birthday, my friend!”
Written and directed by James Gunn, The Suicide Squad 2 stars Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, Michael Rooker, Flula Borg, David Dastmalchian, Margot Robbie, Daniela Melchior, Idris Elba, Mayling NG, Peter Capaldi, Alice Braga, Steve Agee, Pete Davidson, Nathan Fillion, Sean Gunn, Jai Courtney, John Cena, Taika Waititi and Storm Reid. The film arrives in theaters on August 6, 2021.
Check out the Twitter post below.
I rarely write roles for actors I've never met, but I did exactly that for @idriselba in #TheSuicideSquad & couldn't be happier I did – you went beyond my expectations as an actor AND as a human being. I can't wait for folks to see you as #Bloodsport. Happy Birthday, my friend! pic.twitter.com/PxkNIwSraj
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) September 6, 2020