After an initial report that Fox was eyeing Kerry Washington (“Scandal”) for the role of Domino in the upcoming sequel to “Deadpool,” sources for That Hashtag Show have a new frontrunner: singer/songwriter and actress Janelle Monáe.
Monáe starred in the Oscar-nominated film “Hidden Figures” and Academy-award winner “Moonlight.” That Hashtag Show stops short of confirming that Monáe has landed the role, but does say she is the new frontrunner ahead of Washington.
Domino first appeared in 1992 in “X-Force” #8 and was created by Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld. She is a genetically engineered mutant that was conceived as part of a United States government program, Project Armageddon, that aimed to create perfect, human weapons.
In the case of Domino, who is one of the few survivors of the project, it worked. She can subtly, psychically alter random variables in her line of sight to create the illusion of extreme luck. Using her abilities, Domino can pull off near-impossible physical feats and is nigh unkillable. She can also alter the perceived luck of her foes, causing their weapons to malfunction or their shots to misfire.
Domino and Cable have a long history together, first meeting after Domino joined the mercenary S.H.I.E.L.D. group Six Pack. Domino would later go on to join Cable on the X-Force strike team, of which he was the leader. She has frequently teamed with Deadpool, even going so far in “Marvel NOW!” to reform the Mercs for Money super team, originally established by Deadpool.
The “Deadpool” sequel is directed by David Leitch (“John Wick”), and stars Reynolds, joined by (so far) Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Karan Soni as Dopinder and, presumably, Stefan Kapičić as the voice of Colossus. It’s targeted for release in 2018.
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