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 with super-powers.
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.
MMA fighter-turned-actress Gina Carano ("Haywire") will play the role of Angel Dust who is part of the Morlocks group of mutants. 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.
Gotham's Morena Baccarin has won the female lead. She beat out Taylor Schilling, Sarah Green Rebecca Rittenhouse, Crystal Reed and Jessica De Gouw for the part. Character deets are not fully known but the prevailing wisdom is that she is Copycat in the film.
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--actor Daniel Cudmore will NOT reprise the role--it will be recast.
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 underway in Vancouver ahead of a scheduled release on February 12th, 2016.