There’s a lot of pressure on Tim Miller and Ryan Reynolds to deliver a decent Deadpool sequel.
The first movie was a surprise hit. Fox had to be persuaded to even greenlight the project, and they weren’t expecting much from this bizarre R-rated action superhero comedy.
Now that Deadpool has proven to be a hero that resonates with fans, though, and now that Bryan Singer has managed to successfully tank the rest of the X-Men franchise with a single movie (again—why does this keep happening to X-Men movies?!), Fox is looking to the Merc with a Mouth to keep their comic book empire afloat.
If Deadpool is going to be the basis for the next chapter of the X-Franchise, in the same way that Wolverine has been up until now, Fox needs to start bringing in some X-Force characters. Get Cable, Domino, and others established in Deadpool 2, and they provide a good jumping-off point for the next bazillion movies that Fox tries to make in this universe.
And so Fox has begun shortlisting for Domino, the probability-altering mutant and regular ally of Cable and Deadpool.
Well, “shortlisting” might be the wrong expression, because there’s nothing short about this list. If read out of context, you could be forgiven for thinking it was a list of names for the upcoming all-female Oceans Eleven spinoff.
The most recognizable name on the list is Mary Elizabeth Winstead. She was in 10 Cloverfield Lane, and comic book superhero movie buffs will know her from Sky High, or as Ramona in Scott Pilgrim vs The World. The fact that she has good wig experience suggests that she’d be okay with some uncomfortable Domino face paint.
Also on the list is Sofia Boutella from Star Trek Beyond, Sienna Miller of American Sniper fame, Lizzy Caplan from Masters of Sex, Stephanie Sigman from Spectre, Sylvia Hoeks from Overspel, Mackenzie Davis from Halt and Catch Fire, Ruby Rose from Orange is the New Black, Eve Hewson from The Knick, and Kelly Rohrbach from the new Baywatch.
Basically, in case you can’t tell, the casting director for Deadpool 2 has written down a big list of all the women in Hollywood that he’d like a chance to flirt with, as if the movie were nothing more than an intense game of speed dating wherein all participants have been previously vetted for attractiveness.
Testing has begun for the role of Domino, meaning that plenty of these unfortunate actors are turning up for auditions only to be met with lurid stares from a creepy mouthbreather.
This guy had better watch out, though. If Mary Elizabeth Winstead can endure being trapped in a bunker with John Goodman (fun fact: 10 Cloverfield Lane was a documentary), she’s not going to put up with your inappropriate advances.