Lots of news today on the Deadpool 2 front. First up is an unofficial, yet incredibly well-made and humorous poster for the sequel. Although the poster is all fun and games, the second bit of news is a little more involved with the actual production. The casting over Domino has definitely been one that has changed faces more times than we can count, but looks to be honing in on one Scandal-ous star. Let’s get started.
The unofficial Deadpool 2 poster was shared via a fan on Reddit, pays tribute to another Ryan Reynolds film, Buried. Though this unofficial poster wasn’t shared via Ryan Reynolds own social media accounts like he did a few months ago with the Wolverine-bathroom design, this poster offers up a huge amount of Easter eggs for any fan, Marvel or otherwise.
Resting on a Hello Kitty pillow while perusing his cell phone, Deadpool is encased in a casket placed just below a Green Lantern DVD. The casket itself is littered with photos of his fiancee, Vanessa and one of his lifelong loves, Hugh Jackman (Wolverine). Some sort of tablet displaying Jim Carrey from the 1996 film Cable Guy is seen near his hip. And, yes. The humor of having Cable Guy be displayed in the poster doesn’t go unnoticed. Just below Deadpool’s casket is a decaying skeleton of his beloved unicorn.
Check it out for yourself below:
In addition to the fan poster, there is another huge development occurring right now with Deadpool 2. Writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have hinted at “a lot of characters” now that they have the budget for better-known X-Men. There’s been a lot of speculation about who will play Cable, with the front-runner being Pierce Brosnan (that early photo of Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds and Brosnan playing ‘see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil’ was pretty convincing) but word is still a little hazier for the equally badass Domino.
However, today a potential new candidate for the latter has been revealed. Domino has been a rumored character since the first movie, but the recent rumors about Mackenzie Davis taking the role were already shot down. Sienna Miller and Gugu Mbatha-Raw are already out of contention, and now Kerry Washington (Scandal) is testing for the role and “is the studio’s lead at this point.”
We covered the Domino short-list a short while ago when it included GEEK favorites Lizzy Caplan and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. It looks like both are also out of contention now that Washington is the new front-runner. Washington last appeared on the big screen alongside Craig Robinson in Peeples in 2013, following a role in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained.
This purported new shortlist emerged alongside a description of Domino as she’ll appear in the David Leitch-directed sequel. Fans of Marvel Comics can look forward to a faithful adaption of the character if this description holds water for the remainder of the production.
Take a look at it below:
“Female, All ethnicities; Late 20s – early 30s. Sexy, lithe and athletic. She has a witty personality. Neena is a no-nonsense badass who rarely shows her feeling. Highly capable, supremely confident and armored in . . . well ARMOR . . . and bullet-proof sarcasm. But beneath her shell she’s still and vulnerable and some soft, beating remnant of her humanity remains intact. In this scene we need to see both sides. When she can’t get what she needs with insults, bluster and threats we need to see some of that vulnerability. It’s hard for her to let down her guard, and in the mercenary community she grew up in showing compassion is almost embarrassing. We should feel like she’d be more comfortable killing Silberman than saying “Please”.”
Including “All ethnicities” is of particular note, opening the gate for any actor to take on the role. In other words, they are looking for the Best Actor. Period. It’s a wonderful inclusion that often doesn’t happen in Hollywood where the same short-list of [mostly white] actors are used over and over again.
Deadpool 2 is still without a release date at the time of writing, but co-writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick feel confident that shooting will commence before the year’s end.
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