'Deadpool' Actually Filming! Morena Baccarin & TJ Miller Confirm Marvel Characters

Friday, 20 March 2015 10:13 Written by  iamrogue
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'Deadpool' Actually Filming! Morena Baccarin & TJ Miller Confirm Marvel Characters

It's chimichanga time: Production on Deadpool is finally underway in Vancouver, B.C., and the stars of this Marvel Comics spinoff are sharing their enthusiasm for the Merc with a Mouth.

Wade Wilson himself, Ryan Reynolds, has shared a bit of insight into the whole approach to this action-comedy, while Morena Baccarin and TJ Miller have revealed that they're playing Marvel characters Copycat and Weasel, respectively.

Actually, Homeland and Gotham star Baccarin didn't quite spill all the beans on her role in 20th Century Fox's X-Men spinoff, but she did give a major clue, dropping her character's name, Vanessa. 

In all likelihood, that's Vanessa Geraldine Carlysle, aka Copycat, a shapeshifter who debuted alongside Deadpool in New Mutants #98.  Copycat fell for Wade during her days as a lady of the night in Boston, before he donned the red and black mask.  When Wilson learned of his cancer, however, he kicked rocks, going on to have his face hamburgered in the procedure that imbued him with a healing factor. Copycat ultimately joined him as a mercenary.

Miller, meanwhile, straight-up confirmed that he's playing Weasel, Deadpool's longtime sidekick, arms dealer, tech guru, and good buddy.  Weasel, who is actually named Jack Hammer debuted in Deadpool: The Circle Chase in 1993 was a classmate of Peter Parker's at Midtown High, but rights issues ensure that won't be mentioned in Deadpool.  Though Weasel is the insufferable Wilson's best friend, they have, of course, been enemies at various points too.

The bigger point here is that Deadpool has finally and truly escaped development hell.  After years of dead ends, principal photography is underway, and these tweets prove it:

The cast also includes Ed Skrein (presumably playing the as-yet unidentified villain) and Gina Carano as obscure mutant Angel Dust.  There will also be roles for familiar mutants like Colossus, who won't be played by X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, and X-Men: Days of Future Past actor Daniel Cudmore.

Since Deadpool is definitely part of Fox's quickly expanding X-Universe, it's not too much to expect some cameos and/or shouts out to next year's X-Men: Apocalypse and Gambit, which stars Channing Tatum as the Ragin' Cajun.

Tim Miller, a longtime visual effects veteran, is directing from a screenplay by Zombieland scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.

"I’m incredibly happy about it - we’ve got a director that understands that world, and writers with a slavish devotion to the canon of that character," Reynolds said this week. "That’s the most important aspect: it’s made in a way the most critical of fanboys could embrace. Well, that’s the hope."

Deadpool hits theaters next February 12th.

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