It looks like Tim Miller’s highly anticipated “Deadpool” film is finally coming together. What began as a rogue idea and some leaked test footage has now blossomed into a fully realized character complete with an ever-growing cast.
Just two days after Deadpool himself, Ryan Reynolds, tweeted the very first image of the mask he’ll wear in the movie, casting news broke about two (and possibly three) people joining the project.
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) February 12, 2015
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Gina Carano (“Fast & Furious 6”) is officially joining the cast of Fox’s “Deadpool” movie along with “Silicon Valley” star T.J. Miller. The latter has reportedly been cast in an undisclosed role that will bring some comedic relief to the film. This will be no easy task as Deadpool tends to bring his own comedic relief to his comic-book storylines.
Carano will play the Marvel character Angel Dust. This character has the ability to increase her adrenaline, giving her superstrength, according to CinemaBlend. While she’s not the most popular female mutant to tango with the mercenary with a mouth in the comics, Fox has a history of playing fast and loose with the original source material.
The movie will reportedly focus on a mercenary named Wade Wilson, who, in an attempt to combat his cancer diagnosis, undergoes some kind of experimental treatment that leaves his face and body horribly scarred, but endows him with superpowers. In the comic books, Deadpool’s origin story is similar. Among other powers, the character receives a healing ability similar to that possessed by Wolverine of “X-Men” fame. What makes Deadpool unique, though, is that his character has a pretty famous comic-book plot line in which he somehow becomes aware of the fact that he’s just a comic-book character and that writers created all the superheroes around him. If an original leaked script is any indication, the 2016 movie will handle this by allowing Reynolds’ character to speak directly to the camera.
In other potential casting news, that same leaked script saw Colossus of the “X-Men” play a big role in the story. Now, rumors are indicating the character will still be featured heavily in the film planned for release next year. Fans have seen Colossus come to life three times in the “X-Men” movie franchise, beginning in “X-Men 2,” then in “X-Men: The Last Stand” and finally in “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” Each time, Daniel Cudmore played the mutant, who has the ability to transform his flesh into steel, but there’s no word yet on whether the actor will be cast in “Deadpool,” as well.