Deadpool 2 hasn’t even begun production yet, but Ryan Reynolds already is thinking about the future. And he’s crossing his fingers that Hugh Jackman might reprise his role as Wolverine for a big-screen team-up.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Reynolds pitched his idea for getting the heroes together in a future project.
“I want Deadpool and Wolverine in a movie together. What we’re gonna have to do is convince Hugh. If anything, I’m going to need to do what I can to get my Internet friends back on board to help rally another cause down the line.”
Those Internet friends can be a powerful force: After concept footage for a Deadpool film leaked in 2014, the overwhelmingly positive response from the online community ultimately led to a greenlight from Twentieth Century Fox. Both Reynolds and Deadpool director Tim Miller have been suspected of orchestrating the leak, but neither party has admitted their culpability.
Convincing Jackman to don the adamantium claws again may be a tall order, though, as the Oscar nominee has been quite vocal about his plans to walk away from the character after the release of next year’s Logan. It’ll be Jackman’s ninth feature film appearance as Wolverine, a role he’s been playing for nearly 17 years, and the actor cites the rigorous diet and fitness routine as one of the reasons he’s ready to call it quits.
Technically, Wolverine and Deadpool already have shared the screen. Reynolds portrayed Wade Wilson in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, a film that was lambasted for a number of reasons, with its complete butchering of the Deadpool character near the top of the list. No doubt Reynolds is eager to erase the stain of that movie’s climax by taking another shot at getting it right.
And although Reynolds takes plenty of onscreen shots at Jackman’s character in Deadpool, he has nothing but praise for the actor.
“Hugh Jackman is one of the best human beings. Part of the reason I want to do a Deadpool/Wolverine movie is not just because I think the two would light the screen on fire, but I genuinely love the guy.”
Logan is scheduled to hit theaters March 3, while Deadpool 2 is tentatively eyeing a 2018 release.
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