Over the past several months, allegations of sexual misconduct have shaken Hollywood to its foundations, with many studios cutting ties with actors and filmmakers accused of assault and harassment. In some cases, such as with Kevin Spacey in All the Money in the World, roles have been recast and scenes hurriedly reshot. However, that won’t be the case with T.J. Miller, who plays the wisecracking Weasel in Fox’s Deadpool and its upcoming sequel.
Allegations that Miller sexually assaulted a woman while in college surfaced last month, following years of rumors. Although Miller has denied any wrongdoing, some speculated the accusation might affect his role in Deadpool 2, leading to recasting and reshoots. But veteran X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner told Rotten Tomatoes, “We’re in the final editing. I don’t think so.”
Donner is no stranger to the situation now enveloping Miller, having gone on record against X-Men: The Last Stand director Brett Ratner in the wake of harassment claims made by Kitty Pryde actress Ellen Page. But the producer elected to defer to either Fox or Disney, depending on the outcome of the Fox acquisition deal, as to whether Miller would return for any future Deadpool sequels. “That’s a whole studio thing,” she said. “I don’t know.”
Directed by David Leitch, Deadpool 2 features Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, 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 hits theaters on June 1.
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