Report: ED SKRIEN & TJ MILLER In Talks For DEADPOOL Movie

From the sounds of it, 20th Century Fox's Deadpool movie is prepping to finally get underway. The Wrap's Jeff Schneider reports that talks are underway with actors Ed Skrein (Transporter: Legacy, Game of Thrones) and T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley, Big Hero 6) to join Ryan Reynolds. The movie, which has been announced for release on February 12, 2016, with filming set to begin this March.

While no characters besides Deadpool have been confirmed for the film, The Wrap says Miller is pencilled in to play a "additional comic voice to compliment Deadpool." There's no details on Skrein's role, but the Wrap states that given the actor's prominence as the lead actor in Transporter: Legacy that the English actor could perhaps play the film's villain.

Credit: Fox / Blur Studio

Originally announced in 2009, the Deadpool movie was kicked off after Reynolds' appearance as the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Despite the character's apparent death at the end of the movie, 20th Century Fox quickly tapped Zombieland screenwriters Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese to pen a solo screenplay for the Merc with a Mouth, and in 2011 hired special effects director Tim Miller to helm the film. After years stuck in development, the leaking of VFX test footage in July 2014 -- and the resulting positive response from the online community -- seemed to spur Fox into greenlight the film for the 2016 release date.

 

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