When Ryan Reynolds donned that famous red and black suit to finally bring Deadpool to the big screen, no one expected the film would go on to be one of the most profitable releases of 2016. With a reported production budget of $58 million, the film went on to rein in an impressive $783 million worldwide.
However, in addition to the film’s runaway box office and critical success, fans were surprised to discover just how much the supporting cast brought to the Merc with the Mouth’s solo film debut. Now we have official word that a few key cast members will be back for director David Leitch’s sequel next year.
Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead – the duo that Deadpool hilariously pointed out as the only members of the X-Men to appear in his film – will make at least a brief appearance in the sequel, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick recently told Collider.
At this point, it’s unconfirmed, though assumed, that Stefan Kapicic and Brianna Hildebrand will return to the two roles, respectively, with Kapicic having provided the voice to the computer-generated Colossus in the first film. Considering Deadpool 2 is expected to introduce integral mutant characters like Cable and Domino, there’s an excellent chance Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead won’t have too much to do.
In an interview with Nerdist (via ComicBook.com), Reese and Wernick also confirmed another supporting player from Deadpool making a return in the sequel: Karan Soni as Dopinder, Deadpool’s faithful taxi driver friend.
While he appears in only a few scenes in the first film, many (including the film’s writers) consider Soni’s dry wit and interplay with Reynolds’ antihero to be among the many highlights of the film.
Although there’s no details just yet regarding how Dopinder will play into Deadpool’s second adventure, at least fans will get the opportunity to find out if things worked out with his beloved Gita.
Deadpool 2 isn’t set to hit theaters until early 2018 at the earliest (expect an official release date announcement soon), but the fast-tracked project appears to be gaining momentum.
It also shouldn’t be long now until we receive news regarding the possible returns of Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Leslie Uggams and Gina Carano to the cast.
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