Ryan Reynolds in talks to star as Deadpool
Ryan Reynolds is in talks to reprise his role as Wade Wilson, aka Deadpool, in a standalone film connected to the X-Men films. According to Deadline, Reynolds is in the process of closing the deal, and production is expected to begin in March.
The film will apparently continue the story of Wade Wilson, the future Deadpool who was introduced as a mercenary in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. In the film, Wilson became the subject of an experiment by the organization that turned Logan into Wolverine. Like the comics, the character emerged with a powerful healing factor, but he was badly scarred as a result. Unlike the comics though, the film’s Deadpool was silent. It was a strange turn, given that the character is known as the “merc with a mouth.” His smartass nature and habit of breaking the fourth wall are part of what has made the character popular, and yet the film went in the exact opposite direction.
The project has been in the works for awhile now, so long in fact that many felt it was a pipe dream. The film that introduced the character to the screen, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, was released over five years ago to generally poor reviews, some of which was due to the portrayal of Deadpool. Reynolds then went on to appear as another super powered character in an equally poorly received film, 2011’s Green Lantern.
It’s not clear exactly how much of the character’s origin will be taken from the previous film – later X-Men films seemingly ignored big chunks of existing continuity, and then essentially rewrote much of its history anyway in the time travel focused X-Men: Days of Future Past. The Deadpool film will be part of what would be an expanding shared X-Men cinematic universe under the Fox banner. In theory, Fox could also include the Fantastic Four reboot in that universe, but that isn’t confirmed.
The Deadpool film is being developed by Fox in conjunction with Marvel Studios, and will be directed by newcomer Tim Miller. Depending on when the film is ready to be released, it may either tease X-Men: Apocalypse, or be set up in that movie. X-Men: Apocalypse is currently filling out its cast, and actor Oscar Isaac recently signed on to appear as Apocalypse. That film is expected to be released on May 27, 2016.