With its release date just under a year away, production on “Deadpool” has kicked into high gear in recent weeks. As leading man Ryan Reynolds tweets pictures of his costume’s prototype, casting announcements have slowly begun. Gina Carano joined the cast as a potentially new character named Angel Dust, the X-Man Colossus is rumored to have a part to play in the film, a number of actresses — including “Gotham’s” Morena Baccarin and “Orange is the New Black’s” Taylor Schilling — are in talks for the female lead and T.J. Miller has joined in an unspecified — yet comedic — role.
Under “Deadpool’s” production codename “Wham!,” Casting 24/7 has posted new information regarding a number of the film’s supporting characters. The roles cover what appear to be potential allies and adversaries for the Merc with a Mouth and all of them require multiple picture deals. A few of them seem to accurately describe characters from the Marvel Comics source material, specifically:
[RIDGE] Any ethnicity, early 30s to early 50s. Big, muscular, dangerous, violent, vain, insecure and more than a bit of a dick…. but with a sense of humor. He is not a psychopath, he’s practical but morally neutral-he doesn’t enjoy torturing people, he just doesn’t care. ROLE REQUIRES THREE SEQUEL OPTIONS.
“Big” and “muscular” are words that appear a lot in these descriptions, but when used in conjunction with “vain” and “violent,” it really sounds a lot like Deadpool villain T-Ray.
[LINDSAY] Any ethnicity, 20s, attractive and worldly. Smart, tough, beautiful but a little bit broken. Nothing has ever been easy for her and she’s developed a thick skin and cynical outlook. But she’s not a victim-she may not have a great life but she’s holding it together and does what she needs to get by. She’s got a great sense of humor but it leans heavily towards irony and sarcasm. ROLE REQUIRES THREE SEQUEL OPTIONS.
This could be the breakdown for the female lead and, going off of the words “tough” and “sarcasm,” it sounds a lot like either X-Force member Domino or Copycat — Deadpool’s shape-shifter ex-girlfriend who also impersonated Domino for a time.
[SIMON] Any ethnicity, late 20s to early 40s. Quirky, great sense of humor. Smart, funny, but more than a little bit slippery. Fast talker, always looking to make a buck. He looks out for himself first and foremost, but reveals loyalty at the end of the day. ROLE REQUIRES THREE SEQUEL OPTIONS.
Parts of this sound like it could be describing Weasel, Deadpool’s main tech guy. This could also be the role that T.J. Miller has landed.
[SHIRLIE] African American, late 60s to early 80s. Worldly, great sense of comedic timing, sarcastic, dry, funny. ROLE REQUIRES THREE SERIES OPTIONS.
Unlike the rest of these descriptions, this one’s fairly easy to narrow down as Deadpool only has one geriatric pal: Blind Al. As Wade Wilson’s equal when it comes to pulling pranks and dishing out insults, this chunk of text describes Blind Al’s personality perfectly. If director Tim Miller is really relying heavily on writer Joe Kelly’s late ’90s “Deadpool” run, which introduced and co-starred Blind Al, then characters like Weasel and T-Ray are definitely other possible candidates for inclusion.
The last three character descriptions leave a lot more to the imagination and are therefore harder to pin down:
[KATHY] Any ethnicity, early to mid teens. World weary, great sense of comedic timing, sarcastic, droll sense of humor. ROLE REQUIRES THREE SERIES OPTIONS.
[KEREN] Any ethnicity, early 20s to late 30s. Serious, big, tough. ROLE REQUIRES THREE SERIES OPTIONS
[ALBERT] Any ethnicity, early 30s to early 50s. Big, muscular, dangerous. ROLE REQUIRES THREE SERIES OPTIONS
With all of this casting information floating around, we’re most likely due for some big “Deadpool” announcements in the next few weeks. “Deadpool” hits theaters on February 12, 2016.
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