Ryan Reynolds Joins X-Men Origins: Wolverine as Deadpool?
I wish there was something better to talk about today, but this is it. X-Men Origins: Wolverine has been the hot topic in comic books movies this last week, with the first photo being the biggest news. That was followed up by a considerable number of extra casting announcements, including Danny Huston as William Stryker, Lynn Collins as Silver Fox, and an appearance by The Blob. Today, AICN is reporting that Ryan Reynolds will make an appearance as the character Deadpool in the movie as well!
If you haven't heard by now, X-Men Origins: Wolverine will feature a whole boat load of Marvel cameos - and we mean a whole LOT of them. So far we've heard Gambit, the teleporter John Wraith, others from Team X, and of course The Blob, and now you can add Deadpool to that list. AICN says that this was supposed to be a big secret (like the Iron Man and Hulk crossover), but nothing can stay secret forever in Hollywood! The role of Deadpool is apparently a small one, if nothing more than a cameo, but at least they confirm he's in it and Ryan Reynolds is playing him.
ComingSoon caught up with Reynolds some weeks back and asked him "are there any other superheroes you'd be interested in playing?" His answer: "Basically for me there are two superheroes that I could play. One would be Deadpool, the other would be The Flash. There are no imminent plans to do either just now." And when prodded further about why Deadpool, Reynolds responded with, "he's just the 'merc with a mouth'. For me I guess it's a no-brainer." Either a lot has happened since that interview or Reynolds is a great liar, because AICN is claiming this is pretty well confirmed.
Deadpool is a Marvel character that is often actually depicted as a mercenary, villain, or anti-hero. He first appeared in 1991 and usually only shows up in X-Men comics. Nicknamed the "Merc with a Mouth", Deadpool is a high-tech mercenary known for his wisecracks, black humor, and satirical pop-culture references. He was a "product" of the Weapon X program that also created Wolverine and Silver Fox. Comic book fans: dig up every reference to the Weapon X program you can find and search for every other character that was created by it. I'm betting you they'll have a role in this movie in some way.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine is directed by South African filmmaker Gavin Hood, of the Oscar-winning Tsotsi and Rendition, and was written by David Benioff (25th Hour, Troy, The Kite Runner). The movie arrives in theaters on May 1st, 2009.