It looks like there is a cast changing happening with the upcoming The Suicide Squad spin-off, Peacemaker. Bridgerton‘s Freddie Stroma will take over the role of Vigilante from Chris Conrad in the HBO Max series. He will play Adrian Chase, who is a hand-to-hand combatant and marksman. Conrad is reportedly leaving the project due to creative differences, but no details are given on what occurred. The series was ordered straight-to-series and will premiere with eight episodes on HBO Max sometime next year. It will tell the origins of John Cena’s Peacemaker character who will make his debut in this year’s The Suicide Squad.
They still have kept a lot about the series’ plot under wraps and it is uncertain how it will lead into the upcoming film. James Gunn has openly discussed that no character is safe. So, it is uncertain if Cena‘s character might even survive the events as they face off against Starro. Still, the series has been filming for some time and it is surprising to see Conrad’s replacement announced so late into production. Either he already films a few sequences that will get reshot, or Vigilante is only featured in a handful of episodes later down the line. Still, it seems a lot is still happening on the project before Gunn moves on to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and the Disney+ Christmas Special.