Deadpool's reportded;y starting a posse. No, it's not the next arc of the Deadpool comic series - it's the production of his 2016 movie.
Earlier this month, ProductionWeekly revealed that the working title of the Ryan Reynolds-led Deadpool movie is Wham!, and on Monday another Hollywood industry site - Casting247 - posted a casting notice for Wham! looking for actors. Seven roles in total are in the list, and although none of them have recognizable names tied to comics (although Shirlie and Blind Al seem like they could be a match), in many cases of popular movies the names in casting calls are changed to avoid leaks.
That being said, do these sound like any comic characters you know? Keep in mind, some of these characters listed could be those already cast such as Gina Carano's hire last week.
[RIDGE] Any ethnicity, early 30s to early 50s. Big, muscular, dangerous, violent, vain, insecure and more than a bit of a dick…. but with a sense of humor. He is not a psychopath, he’s practical but morally neutral—he doesn’t enjoy torturing people, he just doesn’t care. ROLE REQUIRES THREE SEQUEL OPTIONS.
[LINDSAY] Any ethnicity, 20s, attractive and worldly. Smart, tough, beautiful but a little bit broken. Nothing has ever been easy for her and she’s developed a thick skin and cynical outlook. But she’s not a victim—she may not have a great life but she’s holding it together and does what she needs to get by. She’s got a great sense of humor but it leans heavily towards irony and sarcasm. ROLE REQUIRES THREE SEQUEL OPTIONS.
[SIMON] Any ethnicity, late 20s to early 40s. Quirky, great sense of humor. Smart, funny, but more than a little bit slippery. Fast talker, always looking to make a buck. He looks out for himself first and foremost, but reveals loyalty at the end of the day. ROLE REQUIRES THREE SEQUEL OPTIONS.
[SHIRLIE] African American, late 60s to early 80s. Worldly, great sense of comedic timing, sarcastic, dry, funny. ROLE REQUIRES THREE SERIES OPTIONS.
[KATHY] Any ethnicity, early to mid teens. World weary, great sense of comedic timing, sarcastic, droll sense of humor. ROLE REQUIRES THREE SERIES OPTIONS.
[KEREN] Any ethnicity, early 20s to late 30s. Serious, big, tough. ROLE REQUIRES THREE SERIES OPTIONS
[ALBERT] Any ethnicity, early 30s to early 50s. Big, muscular, dangerous. ROLE REQUIRES THREE SERIES OPTIONS
The mention of "role requires three series options" might lead to some undo speculation, but for genre movies such as these most all of the actors are signed for options for more movies in case it is successful, but the sequels are far from being a lock.
Deadpool is scheduled to begin shooting in March for a February 12, 2016 release.