Gina Carano is set to star opposite Ryan Reynolds in Fox’s upcoming “Deadpool,” which tracks the adventures of the mentally unstable mercenary, Hero Complex confirmed Friday.
The actress and former MMA star, whose credits include the Steven Soderbergh action film “Haywire” and “Fast & Furious 6,” will play Angel Dust, a mutant created by Geoff Johns and Shawn Martinbrough who discovers she has the ability to increase her adrenaline to give her temporary bursts of superhuman strength.
(Angel Dust first appeared in 2002’s “Morlocks” No. 1.)
Carano’s casting was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.
Earlier this week, “Deadpool” star Reynolds gave comics fans a first look at the antihero’s mask and gloves, posting a picture of a prototype on Twitter.
“Sepia tone disguises the fact the mask is ballerina pink. It’s early. 365 sleeps early,” Reynolds wrote in the tweet, referring to the film’s release date, slated for Feb. 12, 2016.
The film, from 20th Century Fox, is based on the Marvel character Wade Winston Wilson, known for his wisecracking dialogue and tendency to break the fourth wall, speaking directly to comic book readers.
Reynolds (“Green Lantern”) played a version of Deadpool in 2009’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and has long been expected to headline a film based on Marvel’s Merc with a Mouth.
Test footage for the project that leaked last year was met with praise and excitement from fans.
In a 2010 interview with Hero Complex, Reynolds described his affection for the Marvel Comics character, who is nearly impossible to kill.
“With Deadpool, it’s a lot like going to prison for the first day,” Reynolds said. “You got to walk up and hit the biggest guy you see to establish a bit of cred. With Deadpool, early on you have to establish that moral flexibility. There’s a gamble to it — you’re going to lose a few people right at the beginning but you take the gamble and know that eventually you’re going to win them back…”
“Deadpool” is directed by Tim Miller, with Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner producing.
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