THR reports that MMA fighter-turned-actress Gina Carano ("Haywire") has joined the long-in-development "X-Men" film series spin-off "Deadpool",
Ryan Reynolds stars as the wise-cracking mercenary Wade Wilson who is dying of cancer and he undergoes a procedure that is
supposed to cure him but ends up twisted and scarred while also imbued
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.
Carano will play the role of Angel Dust who is part of the Morlocks group of mutants.
The mutant Colossus, who appeared in three of the previous "X-Men" films including "Days of Future Past," is set to appear in the film as well. However we don't if actor Daniel Cudmore will reprise the role or if it will be recast.
Funny man T.J. Miller as well as 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.
Morena Baccarin, Taylor Schilling, Sarah Green Rebecca Rittenhouse, Crystal Reed and Jessica De Gouw are in contention to play the female lead in the film.
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.
Production is slated to begin in March in Vancouver ahead of a scheduled release on February 12th, 2016.