After languishing in development hell for a few years, the ball is finally rolling on 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool, starring Ryan Reynolds as Marvel Comics’ infamous “Merc With a Mouth.” Since the film is scheduled to bow early next year, it was only a matter of time before we learned more details about other cast members outside of the title role, and the first new leading name connected with the production has now come to light.
According to Variety, actress Morena Baccarin (“Homeland,” “Firefly”) has been cast as the leading lady opposite Reynolds in the upcoming comic book adaptation. While the name of Baccarin’s character wasn’t disclosed, it’s possible that she’ll be playing an original creation of the film since Deadpool has no definitive love interests in the comics to speak of (at least not outside of himself but that’s a whole other awkward conversation). Baccarin’s casting comes on the heels of her portrayal of another comic book character, Dr. Leslie Thompkins, in Fox’s “Gotham,” chronicling the stories of the titular city in the years before Bruce Wayne becomes Batman. The actress is also known to sci-fi fans for her portrayal of the professional companion Inara Serra on Joss Whedon’s short-lived TV series “Firefly” and its film adaptation, Serenity.
Deadpool will reportedly take place within the same cinematic universe as 20th Century Fox’s X-Men film series, though it hasn’t been revealed if any major X-Men characters will be appearing in the film. MMA fighter Gina Carrano was recently cast as Angel Dust, who in the comics is known for being a member of a group of mutants known as “the Morlocks” that live under the streets of Chicago. Other cast members include T.J. Miller and Ed Skrein in as-yet undisclosed roles.
Deadpool will be written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, produced by Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner, and directed by Tim Miller. It’s scheduled to begin shooting next month in Vancouver, BC, for a theatrical release on February 12th, 2016. For more on the film as it develops, keep an eye on GeekNation!
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