Ryan Reynolds Announces Zazie Beetz As Domino In ‘Deadpool 2’

Zazie Beetz (Atlanta) will join Ryan Reynolds in the superhero sequel Deadpool 2 as new lead character Domino, a mutant mercenary like Reynolds’ titular character. Reynolds announced the casting today in a cryptic photo that spelled out the actress’ name.

In addition, Reynolds tweeted out fan-art of Beetz as Domino in a follow-up tweet.

The roles of Domino and Cable, another new lead character, have been the talk of a long casting search (with creator Rob Liefeld calling the latter role the biggest in Hollywood). Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick returned to script the sequel, which ran into some trouble when the original director Tim Miller dropped out over ye olde “creative differences,” supposedly between his vision and the vision of Reynolds, Reese, and Wernick. John Wick co-director David Leitch, fresh off his solo debut in next August’s period spy flick The Coldest City starring Charlize Theron and James McAvoy, quickly stepped in to helm the film, which is due to begin filming this summer.

Most of the cast of the first film is expected to return, with Reese and Wernick confirming at least Colossus (Stefan Kapcic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) would reappear. Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), Weasel (T.J. Miller), and “Blind” Al (Leslie Uggams) likely as well. The long-awaited Cable casting announcement is up next.

Deadpool 2 remains unscheduled but an untitled Fox/Marvel film is a placeholder for the date March 2, 2018 (the same release corridor fellow R-rated superhero movie Logan occupies this year) making it the most likely current suspect.

Source: Ryan Reynolds

8 X-Men Characters Who Deserve Their Own Movie

So it’s probably safe to assume everyone here has seen Logan? Well, based on how well it did in the box-office I think Fox is taking notes. Now that they have both Deadpool and Logan under their belts, I’m sure they will be bringing more X-Men characters to the big-screen as soon as possible.

There are so many great X-Men arcs to choose from, but I think focusing on personal stories and fewer characters is a way to ensure the movie connects with an audience. Mutants were originally composed as a metaphor for the Civil Rights movement, and that issue is still very much so alive in our society. I’m not saying every movie needs to be political, but they all have the potential to be about so much more than destruction and boss battles. Fox focus on smaller, personal stories that show mutants in a different light. Sure they can kick ass, but let’s make sure they always feel like real people, as Logan did.

Did I miss your favorite character? Well, let me know in the comment section why they should be included! So hit Next to see the eight mutants I think Fox should bring to the big-screen next!

Sam Flynn

Sam Flynn

Sam is a writer and journalist whose passion for pop culture burns with the fire of a thousand suns and at least three LED lamps.