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When Deadpool 2 Will Resume Production After The Stuntwoman's Death

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The set of Deadpool 2 has been dealing with a tragedy for the last couple of days following the death of a stuntwoman who was performing in the film. Production has been shut down since then, but we now know when it will resume. While an investigation into the accident is ongoing, it won't cause anymore delays in filming, as Deadpool 2 plans to get back underway today, just about 48 hours after the death of Joi "SJ" Harris.

There are still a lot of questions about exactly what happened to SJ Harris in the crash that led to her death and both the Vancouver Police Department and WorkSafeBC, the worker's compensation board of British Columbia, are conducting investigations in order to learn the answers. However, it would appear that the movie can get back to work without interrupting these investigations.

It was only Monday when we learned of the death of SJ Harris while performing a motorcycle stunt on the set of Deadpool 2. Harris was standing in for Zazie Beets in the role of Domino. According to Deadline, the stunt performer and road racer had only recently been brought in to the production when it was discovered that Deadpool 2 was in need of a different stunt performer. Unfortunately, the fact that she was new to the shoot meant that she hadn't been fitted for a helmet that would have been underneath her Domino wig, something the previous stunt person had.

Obviously, the studio behind Deadpool 2 wants any delay in production to be as short as possible. Delays cost money and Deadpool while being a comic book franchise, doesn't have the budget that many superhero movies have. In addition to the additional outlay, they'd have to make upfront, a significant delay in production could lead to a delay in release, which would mean the studio doesn't begin to recoup its investment on schedule either.

Several takes of the motorcycle stunt with SJ Harris had already completed prior to the tragic accident, so it's not clear if the resumed production will be attempting to deal with that stunt any further. It's possible they got something usable out of a previous take and were just filming additional takes for good measure. It's also possible, if not likely, that the script will be modified to excise the stunt entirely from the production, as they may not want to remind people of the accident by showing the actual stunt on screen.

Whatever the plan, the rest of the cast and crew of Deadpool 2 are heading back to work today, though one assumes the death of SJ Harris will be on everybody's mind. Deadpool 2 is scheduled for release June 1, 2018.

Dirk Libbey

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