Actor Shia LaBeouf in a recent interview with Variety confirmed that after shooting the film Fury, which was directed by Suicide Squad director David Ayer, that Ayer then convinced him to consider a part in Suicide Squad, for the role of GQ Edward, which later went to Scott Eastwood.
LaBeouf goes on to say that Warner Bros. didn’t want him in the film and the character was later reworked and written down to build up Will Smith as Deadshot.
But after shooting “Fury,” director David Ayer tried to convince him to consider a part in “Suicide Squad,” a role that eventually went to Scott Eastwood. “The character was different initially,” LaBeouf says. “Then Will [Smith] came in, and the script changed a bit. That character and Tom [Hardy’s] character [later played by Joel Kinnaman] got written down to build Will up.”
LaBeouf says the studio vetoed his casting. “I don’t think Warner Bros. wanted me,” he says. “I went in to meet, and they were like, ‘Nah, you’re crazy. You’re a good actor, but not this one.’ It was a big investment for them.”