Deadline reports the driver, Joi “SJ” Harris, joined the production just last week, after Fox decided to bring in additional stunt performer. Standing in for actress Zazie Beetz’s character Domino, the first African-American female professional road racer lost control of her motorcycle along West Waterfront Road, resulting in the fatal crash.
Harris reportedly had not yet received a fitted helmet that would remain hidden beneath the character’s wig.
The accident is under investigation by the Vancouver Police Department as well as WorkSafeBC, a Canada-based company that handles insurance claims for instances of occupational injury and disease.
Deadpool 2 stars Ryan Reynolds and Josh Brolin offered their condolences following Harris’ death. Fox released a statement that read, “We are deeply saddened by the accident that occurred on the set of Deadpool 2 this morning. Our hearts and prayers are with the family, friends, and colleagues of our crew member during this difficult time.”
Directed by David Leitch (John Wick), Deadpool 2 sees the return of Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, T.J. Miller as Weasel, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Leslie Uggams as Blind Al, Stefan Kapičić as the voice of Colossus, and Karan Soni as Dopinder, with newcomers Zazie Beetz as Domino, Josh Brolin as Cable, Julian Dennison in an unknown role, and Jack Kesy as a villain widely thought to be Black Tom Cassidy. The film opens June 1, 2018.
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