The last few months have been filled with speculation about who would wind up playing the Marvel Comics character Domino in the upcoming, highly-anticipated sequel Deadpool 2. In that time, we're heard a crazy number of names tossed out as possibilities - but it turns out that none of those options wound up panning out. Instead, it has been officially announced today that the sought-after role will be played by Zazie Beetz, best known for her part as Van on the Golden Globe-winning series Atlanta.
Rather than coming from the studio or a trade report, the official announcement about the Deadpool 2 casting has actually come to us directly from the film's producer and star, Ryan Reynolds. With a name presumably on the dotted line, the Canadian actor took to his personal Twitter account to share the news about Zazie Beetz playing Domino (and it's rather clever):
He also Tweeted out this one, which is less clever, and just a bit more weird:
Domino was first introduced in Marvel Comics in the exact same issue as Deadpool, created by Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza for the famous issue New Mutants #98. Like many other characters in the book, she has special gifts as a mutant, but they are unlike any that have been featured on the big screen before. She possesses subtle telekinetic gifts that have the result of giving her good luck in basically any situation in which she finds herself. It's an ability that should offer some terrific cinematic moments and sequences that are essentially built like Rube Goldberg devices.
After starting her career acting in shorts and indie features, Zazie Beetz found big success last year on the small screen, not only starring in six episodes of the critically-acclaimed Atlanta, but also two episodes of the Netflix show Easy. Deadpool 2 will unquestionably be her biggest project to date, and at this time we're not clear on why it is that she was picked by Ryan Reynolds, director David Leitch, and writers/producers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, but we take no issue in trusting their judgement in this arena. After all, word on the street is that they met with practically every single up-and-coming actress currently working in the industry, so Beetz must have really stood out.
Deadpool 2 doesn't currently have an official title let alone a release date, though the fact that the production is adding new stars certainly suggests wheels are in motion. Production on the film is expected to start up some time in the next few months, meaning that the finished product could be out in the 2018 calendar year - but that isn't 100% clear at this juncture. For now, just stay tuned for more updates about the Merc With The Mouth's next film, and hit the comments section below to tell us what you think about the casting of Zazie Beetz!