Deadline says that Morena Baccarin, Taylor Schilling, Sarah Green Rebecca Rittenhouse, Crystal Reed and Jessica De Gouw are in contention to play the female lead in the long-in-development "X-Men" film series spin-off "Deadpool" . Details of the character they are up for are unknown at this point.
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.
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.
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.
Meantime Reynolds recently spoke with Collider
about why Miller is the right guy to direct the film:
"[He's] always been the right
guy. He's always, you know, shown nothing but a fierce loyalty to the
canon of Deadpool and that's the thing you look for first and foremost, a
guy that is always wanting to push a little bit farther. And the
advantage of doing a movie like this on a budget that is significantly
less than any other kind of superhero movie is that you get to do things
that you don't get to do on other superhero movies so that's what we're
most excited about."
He also told Yahoo Movies that he is 100% sure that the test footage that leaked online is what got the movie going.