The long-in-development "X-Men" film series spin-off "Deadpool" is finally moving ahead.
Ryan Reynolds stars as the wise-cracking mercenary with a wicked
sense of humor.
Reynolds first played Deadpool in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" as an earlier incarnation different to the one that will appear in the upcoming solo movie. Since "X-Men: Days of Future Past" rewinds the events chronicled in XO, the folks in charge are free from explaining what went on with
the character in that movie.
Reynolds told MTV News that all the delays have been worth it and the way in which the film's current incarnation has
come together allows those involved to tell the story they want to tell:
"It has been a long time, but it's happening the right
way, and that's all that matters. The budget isn't what we all hoped it
would be... We don't have the money that most superhero movies do, but
that's great, actually. You know, necessity's the mother of invention
and that's why we get to make the movie we want to make. You gotta just have faith in the people you're working with, and
faith in the prep, and that's all I'm doing. On this one, the prep's
been eleven years. So, you know, you'd like to think that you're putting
your best foot forward, but we'll see."
The actor also made a joke about the test footage that leaked online for
the film, a leak which got the project rolling again:
"Yeah, I would've
leaked that footage myself. Looking back now? In a heartbeat. I should
go home and scan the old hard drive and see what I got in there!".
Funny man T.J. Miller and Game of Thrones and "The Transporter Legacy" star Ed Skrein are in early
talks to join the film. Miller's role is said to serve
as an additional comic voice to compliment Deadpool, who often breaks
the fourth wall and speaks to the audience. Talks with Skrein are said to be further along but
his exact role remains unknown.
Tim Miller is due to direct at some point using a script penned by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick ("Zombieland"). X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner is doing her thing here as well.
The "Deadpool" film is currently scheduled for release om February 12th, 2016.