…and he just couldn’t wait to share the news!
“X-Men Origins: Wolverine” actor Ryan Reynolds announced that he will be playing the titular role in 20th Century Fox’s film adaptation of Marvel’s “Deadpool” by posting up a picture of Deadpool via Twitter:
Uh… It's Chimichanga Time. pic.twitter.com/ZlknW4HOtj
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) December 4, 2014
*PS: Chimichanga refers to Deadpool’s favorite food – deep fried burritos
Deadpool solo film is sort of a dream come true for Ryan Reynolds as he has previously planned to collaborate with David S.Goyer to produce the film with New Line Cinema in 2003. However, the project fell apart but he was able to portray Wade Wilson/Deadpool in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”.
Set to be a spin-off film for the “X-Men” film series, “Deadpool” was already in development since the release of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”. Fox eyed Ryan Reynolds to reprise the role but the film will be ignoring the events that took place in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”. As such, a new backstory will be provided for his character.
Earlier in August, a test footage of “Deadpool” was leaked and heavily circulated on the Internet. The test footage was created by Blur Studio back in 2011 when Tim Miller was developing the project. As the film has been in development for some time, some of the studio’s employees took pride of their work and shared the clip on social media as well.
However, the posts were quickly removed after Miller sent a notice to all personnel, asking them to take down the video. Comic book creator Rob Liefeld also said in an interview that Fox studio “take leaks very seriously and carry a severe penalty for all involved”.
Fox and Marvel Studios have confirmed that Tim Miller will be directing the Deadpool movie with Lauren Shuler Donner and Marvel’s Kevin Feige producing the film. Deadline reports that Ryan Reynolds is closing a deal with Fox to play the lead role, based on a script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.
Production begins in March but no details have been given about its filming locations yet. “Deadpool” is scheduled for release February 12, 2016 while Bryan Singer’s “X-Men Apocalypse” will be released on May 27, 2016.