There’s no doubt that Deadpool was one of the biggest sleeper hits of 2016; the film grossed $782.6 million at the box office and shattered multiple records in doing so. And now that the much-anticipated sequel has been greenlit and placed into development, it seems the filmmakers are looking to continue where they left off. The prospect of a Deadpool movie was almost laughed out of Hollywood on its announcement, but as time has shown, the movie has risen from the darkness to become one of the better superhero movies in recent memory. A sequel was always inevitable following Deadpool‘s blistering performance, and it certainly has the fans’ tongues wagging.
Courtesy of a mid/pre-credits sequence in the original movie, where the sequel was first teased to audiences around the world, people are expecting long-term Deadpool co-star Cable to make an appearance. Where this is yet to be confirmed and cast — although many expect this to happen any day now — rumors of other potential Deadpool 2 characters have begun to surface. This week, it was announced that Domino would make an appearance in the movie, and not only is this now confirmed by sources, but the filmmakers also have a shortlist of potential actresses to play the femme fatale.
According to Collider, a shortlist of no less than 10 leading ladies has been created, based on screentesting that is currently ongoing for Deadpool 2. The actresses under consideration are Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (10 Cloverfield Lane), Sienna Miller (American Sniper), Sofia Boutella (Star Trek Beyond), Stephanie Sigman (Spectre), Mackenzie Davis (Halt and Catch Fire), Ruby Rose (Orange Is the New Black), Eve Hewson (The Knick), Sylvia Hoeks (Overspel), and Kelly Rohrbach (Baywatch). The website confirms that other unnamed actresses are linked to the part, and at least six of the listed actresses above have already tested or are going to test for the role of Domino.
The casting of the role could be key. Like Deadpool, Domino is a mutant mercenary with a range of powers, not least her ability to initiate acts of telekinesis to turn battles or events into her favor. She also has a close connection to Cable, with the comic book source material pitting Domino as his partner, confidante, and long-term lover. She is also a frenemy of Deadpool, much like Cable, and regularly finds herself caught up in Deadpool’s zany shenanigans. With Cable mooted for a slot in the movie, casting Domino in Deadpool 2 makes perfect sense.
No information has been established about Morena Baccarin’s Vanessa from the original movie yet, or how she will fit into the movie with Domino’s presence, although Empire believes that she will become her comic book alter-ego, Copycat. Whether this happens in the sequel, off-screen, or in a future movie remains to be seen, but 20th Century Fox has hinted that Deadpool may be lined with the X-Men franchise in due course. Returning characters from the first film are yet to be confirmed as well, although this should become clearer once casting is underway.
The list makes for interesting reading, too. Winstead and Miller have already stepped into comic book territory with Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, respectively, and Sigman portrayed a Bond girl in the latest 007 film, Spectre. Caplan has shown her ability in several action-orientated roles, and Hoeks is due to make her Hollywood debut in Blade Runner 2049. The other candidates are still finding their feet in their respective shows, but if Deadpool proved anything, you don’t need a huge star to make a great character. Just look at Brianna Hildebrand’s breakout performance as Negasonic Teenage Warhead in the first movie — the role has really put the newcomer on the map and was a key part of Deadpool; it helped establish a pivotal link to the X-Men Universe.
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Filming on Deadpool 2 is scheduled for early 2017, but no release date has been confirmed — yet. This is a good sign; 20th Century Fox realizes they have a huge franchise on their hands, and allowing director Tim Miller and his team do this at their own pace, to ensure that the film is made right, bodes well for the future of the project. With the performance of the first film as the benchmark, they will be hoping the sequel continues where the first left off; bigger, braver, and louder. After all, Deadpool wouldn’t want it any other way.
Deadpool is available on Blu-ray and DVD now.
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