Deadpool 2 is very much happening, and things are moving considerably quicker than the first film, which surpassed all box office expectations after years in development limbo. We now have our first piece of casting news, with word arriving via Collider that producers have drawn up a shortlist to play Domino, a key female role.
According to Collider, the shortlist of ten actresses who could be starring opposite Ryan Reynolds' Wade Wilson features Lizzy Caplan (Cloverfield), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World), Sienna Miller (Foxcatcher), Sofia Boutella (Star Trek Beyond), Stephanie Sigman (Miss Bala), Sylvia Hoeks (Deception), Mackenzie Davis (Halt And Catch Fire), Ruby Rose (Orange Is The New Black), Eve Hewson (Bridge Of Spies) and Kelly Rohrbach (The PET Squad Files). All are apparently 'testing' for the role.
In the original Marvel comics, Domino is a frequent member of the X-Force team, where she often joins forces with Deadpool and Cable. Cable is already confirmed for the sequel – as hinted at by the Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) inspired post-credits sequence – though he is yet to be cast.
There is no official word yet on whether the original film's female lead, Morena Baccarin's Vanessa, will be back second time around, or whether they will stay true to the comics by sending her into superhero territory as her Copycat alter ego.
Still, we do definitely know that Reynolds will be slipping back into the red spandex, that Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick will be writing the screenplay again, and that filming is due to start early next year, looking at a possible 2018 release date.