Marvel has found its Domino – Zazie Beetz!
“Deadpool” star Ryan Reynold announced the casting news via Twitter earlier today (10th March). One of the posts shows Beetz head photoshopped into a “Deadpool” comic cover page. In his caption, he simply wrote, “Zazie Beetz Effect.”
Zazie Beetz Effect. pic.twitter.com/Kvtyk1aI7O
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) March 9, 2017
For the uninitiated, Domino (Neena Thurman) is a mutant mercenary who is romantically linked to Cable, the son of Scott Summers (Cyclops) and Madelyne Pryor (a clone of Jean Grey). She possesses mutant probability-altering powers, similar to those of the X-Man Longshot.
According to Marvel.com, Domino was one of many children born to the a top-secret government breeding program intended to develop the perfect weapon. As one of only 2 test subjects to survive, her mother broke her out and left her with a Chicago priest named Father Rudolpho Boschelli.
Zazie Beetz is best known for portraying Vanessa in Donald Glover’s (aka Childish Gambino) critically-acclaimed TV show, “Atlanta”. Besides that, the German-born actress also appeared in Netflix’s anthology series, “Easy“, and is attached to Chance The Rapper’s upcoming pizza horror film, “Slice”.
IGN pointed out that the 26-year-old actress beat out a couple of big-name competition for the part of Domino, including Mary Elizabeth Winstead (from “Final Destination 3”), Lizzy Caplan (from “Now You See Me 2”), Sofia Boutella (from “Kingsman: The Secret Service”), and Sylvia Hoeks (from “Blade Runner 2049”).
Meanwhile, word on the street is that “Stranger Things” star David Harbour is in talks to play Cable.
“Deadpool 2” will be helmed by “John Wick” director David Leitch with a screenplay by screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.