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As development of Deadpool 2 continues, fans have already begun to salivate over the highly-
anticipated sequel. The first Deadpool shattered expectations for the superhero genre, proving that an R-rated movie could still make buckets of money. Although Deadpool 2 may have lost its original director with Tim Miller's departure, the development process seems to be moving along swimmingly. And while the internet exploded when Josh Brolin was cast as time traveling mutant Cable, another casting decision has just come to light that will delight fans of the original film.
Actress Leslie Uggams is reportedly set to reprise her role as Blind Al in Deadpool 2. This news come to us from BlackFilm.com, who managed to snag a quick conversation with Uggams at the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks after party. When asked if she'd be back, Uggams apparently spilled the beans with a blunt, "Definitely."
Blind Al's inclusion in Deadpool's sequel is sure to delight fans of the original film. During Deadpool's long journey to anti-heroism, he started living with the endlessly foulmouthed Al. Al accepted his crazy personality and mutant abilities, usually firing back a sassy line when Wade Wilson needed to STFU. She is also serious about self defense, attempting to steal one of Deadpool's guns before his climactic battle.
It should be interesting to see how Blind Al fits into the narrative of Deadpool 2. With Wade Wilson's mission accomplished in saving and reuniting with Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), does he really need a roommate anymore? I would assume he and Vanessa would shack up together, and create another ridiculous penetration montage. So how is Al going to get into the action? We'll just have to wait and see.
Blind Al joins Brianna Hildebrand's Negasonic Teenage Warhead as returning cast members for Deadpool 2. While we can all assume that Morena Baccarin and T.J. Miller will reprise their roles as Vanessa and Weasel respectively, there hasn't been a concrete announcement from either Fox or the actors themselves. Perhaps these casting announcements were supposed to be bigger events, but Leslie Uggams happened to let it slip at the party.
Blind Al's scenes provided unique few hilarious scenes for the film, combining both companionship and a voice of reason for Wade Wilson's antics. Perhaps my favorite scene from the entire movie was the moment where Deadpool's baby hand ever so softly touched Al's face.
And although Leslie Uggams has had quite an impressive career in both film and stage, my favorite moment from the actress comes from an epic lyric flub that seems to hit social media every June 1st. Check it out.
So while some fanboys may have found a love in Leslie Uggams through her work in Deadpool, I want to put it on the record that I've been loving her for years.