Deadline has revealed some new details surrounding the accidental death of stuntwoman Joi Harris, who died during the production of Deadpool 2. According to the report, Harris’ death involved a stunt that was not too difficult in nature, and was result of a low-speed accident.
Joi Harris shot five takes for the upcoming Deadpool film before the crash on Monday. The motorcycle involved in the accident crashed on the curb during the sixth take. A source close to the film’s production told Deadline:
“In the maneuver, which was never more than 15 kilometers per hour – about 10 miles an hour – she rode on a flat surface through two open doors and then turned left and went out of camera range. Her exit was a safety ramp to a big platform where the bike was supposed to stop, but she overshot the platform, hit a curb, and was thrown from the bike through a glass window.”
This was Harris’ first stunt in a film. Deadline’s source addressed rumors that Harris was unqualified for the opportunity, stressing that her being hired was due to her being more-than-qualified for this opportunity:
“To say an unqualified person was put in this position is absolutely untrue. She was the best candidate for the job.”
The cast and crew of Deadpool 2 honored Harris’ life following her passing this week. Production on the blockbuster continued 48 hours later.
The Deadpool sequel stars Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson/Deadpool, Zazie Beetz as Domino, Josh Brolin as Nathan Summers/Cable, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Stefan Kapcic as Piotr Rasputin/Colossus, Morena Baccarin as Vanessa Carlysle, T.J. Miller as Weasel, Leslie Uggams as Blind Al, and Karan Soni as Dopinder. Other franchise newcomers confirmed for the sequel include Julian Dennison, Jack Kesy and Shioli Kutsuna in undisclosed roles.