Barely hours after singer/songwriter Janelle Monae was linked with the role for Domino, Zazie Beetz has swooped in to land the coveted position for Deadpool 2. Ryan Reynolds made the official announcement on social media. And how exactly did he do that? Creatively. Of course.
He hinted at the casting by showcasing the actress's head onto of the superhero's body for the comic book edition Deadpool: The Mission For Money. Not creative enough for you? Well, he did an alternate announcement by laying the actress's name over a set of dominoes.
20th Century Fox, Reynolds and director David Leitch had been testing for weeks on end to land the right person for the role. Seeing a number of high profile performers fall by the wayside due to either scheduling conflicts or lack of chemistry for the part. They included Monae, former favorite Kerry Washington, Lizzy Caplan, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Sienna Miller, Sofia Boutella, Stephanie Sigman and Sylvia Hoeks.
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Perhaps those other contenders would have been a safer pair of hands for the role. But, keeping in tune with the franchise that Reynolds risked so much for, the choice is a bold one that could pay off handsomely. Script writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick had confirmed the character a long time in advance alongside Cable. Another vacancy they have yet to fill following the likes of Kyle Chandler, Pierce Brosnan, Russell Crowe and now David Harbour have been linked with the time traveling superhero.
For Beetz, she has only been in the industry for a handful of years following her motion picture debut in 2015 for James White and Applesauce. This would offer her a path onto the hit FX series Atlanta alongside Donald Glover, playing the part of Van to universal acclaim.
While this is the biggest break to date for the German-born 26-year old, she has already scheduled a number of other titles on the horizon. These range from Sollers Point, Finding Her, The Undiscovered Country and Slice.
Deadpool 2 Theatrical Scene Released
Aside from the foreign subtitles and minor alterations towards the end, the Deadpool 2 official theatrical teaser trailer doesn't provide too much more than we've already seen this week. For fans hoping to see this short premiere in the lead up to Logan around the globe, director James Mangold made the argument that it was too much of a tonal change to warrant the inclusion.
The other version of this clip seen online showcases a traditional cameo from Marvel creator Stan Lee, another trope of the genre. Now the Merc with the Mouth has a new sidekick from X-Force, all that he requires is to cast Cable and layout an actual release date.