While "Deadpool 2" continues its search for a director since the departure of Tim Miller, the search is also on for who will play Domino in the sequel. The follow up to the surprise 2016 blockbuster starring Ryan Reynolds will introduce a number of new characters, including Cable and his gun-toting partner Domino.
According to Variety, Fox has an extensive shortlist of actresses for the role. Variety's list brings Mackenzie Davis ("Halt + Catch Fire"), who shot down rumors of her possible involvement back in August, back into the running for the role. Additionally, new names to the Domino shortlist include Kelly Rohrbach ("Baywatch"), Ruby Rose ("Orange is the New Black") and Eve Hewson ("The Knick").
A number of the actresses included on Variety's list were previously rumored to be on the shortlist. Those names include Lizzy Caplan (“Masters of Sex”), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (“10 Cloverfield Lane”), Sienna Miller (“American Sniper”), Sofia Boutella (“Star Trek Beyond”), Stephanie Sigman (“Spectre”), and Sylvia Hoeks (“Overspel”). Additionally, Variety's report also indicates that Domino will also appear in "X-Force," an X-spinoff film that's been in the works for a while.
With Cable a lock for “Deadpool 2,” Domino’s involvement would make sense. In the comics, Domino is one of Cable’s closest and oldest allies; the two go way, way back to their days as mercenaries in a group called the Six Pack. Domino served as a member of Cable’s X-Force, joining the team mostly because she wanted to do her longtime partner a favor. Cable and Domino have even been romantically linked from time to time, as their partnership flirted with being a full-blown relationship. Domino was first rumored to be part of “Deadpool 2” back in February.
The search for a director for the sequel continues. While "John Wick" co-director David Leitch is rumored to be the frontrunner for the gig, there are other names in the running. Fox may be meeting with other candidates, including Drew Goddard (“The Cabin in the Woods”) and Magnus Martens (“Luke Cage,” “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”). Miller suddenly left the project, possibly resulting from a creative difference over the casting of Cable. Star Ryan Reynolds is playing a larger creative role in the sequel.
Produced for an estimated $58 million, “Deadpool” earned $782.6 million worldwide, and set opening-weekend records for February and for R-rated films. It’s also the top-grossing film in Fox’s “X-Men” franchise.
“Deadpool 2” is expected to start filming in 2017 and open in 2018, but Fox has yet to officially announce a date.