Domino Zazie Beetz Deadpool 2

There are many things to be excited about when it comes to the untitled Deadpool 2, but high on that list is Zazie Beetz's take on the mutant Domino. The character has one of the weirdest powers in the Marvel Universe -- the ability to manipulate probability -- and it should lend to some weirdly complicated, fun sequences the highly-anticipated sequel. In fact, we know that it will, because director David Leitch recently told me all about the movie's interpretation of Domino's gift. Said the filmmaker,

We're having fun with her power, because when you really distill it -- the laws of probability... So I think there's a lot of ways to go with it, and I think we have some really cool visual ideas of how we can demonstrate that. And then also there's the Deadpool tone of how you can be self-referential to all powers. So it's going to be fun.

David Leitch has been on the press tour for his new action movie Atomic Blonde, and it was at the end of our interview earlier this month at San Diego Comic-Con that I took the opportunity to ask about Domino in Deadpool 2. Fascinated about the potential in showcasing the character's powers, I asked Leitch about the interpretation, and it sounds like the production team is setting up some entertaining stuff.

On the surface, Domino's mutant ability appears to be "Good Luck," but it's actually much more complicated than that. Raised as a genetic experiment, she has a subconscious telepathic skill that allows her to change her environment in her favor. For example, if you try and shoot a gun at her, mechanisms within the gun will shift and cause it to jam. There's a wonderful potential for Rube Goldberg-esque sequences that play out within an instant, and hopefully that's what David Leitch is referring to when he describes the "really cool visual ideas."

Fans excited for Deadpool 2 got their first look at Zazie Beetz as Domino yesterday, as star Ryan Reynolds shared the image up top on his personal Twitter page. I also had the opportunity to ask David Leitch about casting the Atlanta star as the fan-favorite character, and he noted that a lot of it came down to her chemistry with the star. Said Leitch,

Speaking of Zazie [Beetz] in particular, we had of people come in and audition, and there was something about her that was undeniable. Ryan was having a ball with the casting as well, and we looked at each other and we knew that we'd found her -- after their camera test it was perfect. There is great chemistry.

You can watch David Leitch talk about Domino in Deadpool 2 by clicking play on the video below.

Deadpool 2 is now in the midst of production, and will be in theaters on June 1, 2018.

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