If you enjoyed the giant metal Russian and the sullen adolescent Sinead O’Connor/Ripley from ‘Alien³’ lookalike in 2016’s ‘Deadpool,’ you’ll be glad to hear they’ll be joining the Merc with a Mouth in the sequel.
That’s right, Colossus, AKA Piotr Rasputin, and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, AKA “what the s**t?! That’s the coolest name ever!”, will both return in ‘Deadpool 2,’ as screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick – recent surprise Writers Guild of America Award nominees for their work on the first film – have confirmed to Collider.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the writers are playing a little coy as to how big a role the characters will play this time around: Wernick remarks, “I can’t say how much they are [in the film]… they’ll at least make an appearance.” Whether or not this means actors Stefan Kapicic and Brianna Hildebrand will return also remains to be seen.
It makes sense that Colossus and Negasonic might not feature too heavily in ‘Deadpool 2.’ Like its predecessor, this is first and foremost a solo movie, so Ryan Reynolds will obviously remain the primary focus as the wise-cracking, fourth-wall-breaking Wade Wilson.
But even if ‘Deadpool 2’ isn’t designed to be an ensemble piece, the ensemble is set to expand, as it has long been confirmed the film will see the introduction of mutants Cable (a character Wernick promises they will “distill… down to his essence”) and Domino; casting on both these characters remains unconfirmed.
Presumably we may also see Morena Baccarin come back as Wade’s equally foul-mouthed love interest Vanessa – who, in the comics, is also a mutant and goes by the name Copycat, though it again remains to be seen if the movie will follow suit.
Still, with the addition of a number of super-powered newcomers, it’s not out of the question that ‘Deadpool 2’ could pave the way to another ‘X-Men’ universe team-up film, most likely the long-touted ‘X-Force.’ This had been in development with ‘Kick-Ass 2’ director Jeff Wadlow attached, but seemingly went on the back burner when ‘Deadpool’ got the green light in 2014, and would appear to have again been passed over as ‘Deadpool 2’ and ‘The New Mutants’ gear up to shoot later this year.
The ‘Deadpool’ sequel will see David Leitch replace Tim Miller in the director’s chair and is expected to go into production soon with an eye to an early 2018 release.