Marvel’s infamous “Merc with a Mouth” looks like he’ll finally be getting his long in-development feature film, with his original actor coming back into the fold. According to Variety, Ryan Reynolds is in the process of closing a deal with 20th Century Fox to star in Deadpool, directed by Tim Miller from a screenplay by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Reynolds himself drummed up the anticipation of an official announcement by tweeting this earlier today:
Uh… It’s Chimichanga Time. pic.twitter.com/ZlknW4HOtj
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) December 4, 2014
Although Fox announced a few months ago that Deadpool had been slotted for a release in 2016, news on the possibility of the project coming to fruition had been relatively stagnant since then, until today. Lauren Shuler Donner, producer of the X-Men film series at 20th Century Fox, and Kevin Feige from Marvel Studios will be producing. Although Reynolds portrayed the character in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the somewhat irreverent nature of the character likely means that this won’t be a direct sequel. Adding to that possibility is that this film is expected to take place within the shared narrative of the X-Men film series, which recently saw its continuity fundamentally reshaped due to the time-altering events of this year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Reynolds’ return to the character will also mark his return to comic book cinema, which he dabbled in last with 2011’s Green Lantern, a critical and commercial disappointment. His association with Deadpool hasn’t relented in the last five years, though, and many fans will likely see his return to the role as something of a “homecoming” for the quick-witted mutant he’ll be playing.
Deadpool is expected to be released on February 12th, 2016. For more on the project as it develops, keep your eye on GeekNation!
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