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Updated March 9, 2017: Rhett Rheese, one of the screenwriters of the as-yet-untitled Deadpool sequel, has publicly shot down the unconfirmed reports that Janelle Monáe is the frontrunner in the casting for Domino.

Reese has not responded to requests for elaboration, but it is the second major instance when someone involved with the Deadpool franchise has publicly struck out against online reports - the previous time being rumors of a Deadpool post-credits scene in Logan - although it ended up being a short film screened before the movie.

Original Story: Musician-turned-actor Janelle Monáe is the new frontrunner for the role of Domino in 20th Century Fox's untitled Deadpool sequel, according to The Hashtag Show. Citing unnamed sources, show co-host Joe Deckelmeier says that the Hidden Figures actor is "the new frontrunner."

The 31-year-old Monáe segued from music to acting in 2016 with supporting roles in both Hidden Figures and Moonlight. She also performed voice-over work in Rio and American Dad.

Kerry Washington was previously rumored to be the frontrunner for Domino (also via The Hashtag Show's sources).

A release date for the as-yet-untitled Deadpool sequel has been announced.

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