Tom Hardy gutted to miss out on Suicide Squad

Tom Hardy gutted to miss out on Suicide Squad

Tom Hardy was "really bummed out" to have to drop out of 'Suicide Squad'.

The 37-year-old actor was set to play Rick Flagg in the upcoming DC Comics film alongside a superstar cast comprised of Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Cara Delevingne and Jared Leto, among others.

Hardy was unable to accept the role - which eventually went to Joel Kinnaman - because shooting on his movie 'The Revenant', directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, overran by three months meaning the two projects clashed.

In an interview with Collider.com, he said: "Warner Bros. is my home studio and I love them so I was really bummed out. I wanted to work on ('Suicide Squad') and I know the script is really f***ing alley ... But there's a very practical element as to why I've missed out on that foray, which is because Alejando has overshot by three months in Calgary, so we've got to go back out to Patagonia or Alaska to continue shooting 'The Revenant' which has turned into a much bigger beast than we thought, but that also looks exceptional."

Although Hardy is disappointed he had to pull out of 'Suicide Squad' he can't wait to see the finished film and has promised fans Leto's interpretation of The Joker and Robbie's performance as Harley Quinn are something to get excited about.

He added: "I know what's gonna happen with The Joker and Harley Quinn in that; I won't give away too much ... it's f***ing alley. I mean, everybody loves The Joker. Will Smith is a dope guy, but everybody loves The Joker and that's going to be, I think, a very important film for fans."

'Suicide Squad' is scheduled to be released on August 5, 2016.