Confirmed by Deadpool co-creator Rob Leifeld, Ryan Reynolds will return to reprise his role as the Merc With the Mouth in the Deadpool movie. The film’s release is set for February 12, 2016, with Reynolds being the only star confirmed so far.
Deadpool is a fan favorite, and it’s possible the only reason the film is getting made is because of how excited the response was to test footage leaked on the Internet. Reynolds has been very vocal about wanting to play Deadpool and how excited he is to be a part of it, along with making up for how the character was butchered in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
For those who don’t know much about the character, Deadpool is an anti-hero mercenary, who has the ability of regeneration and healing, much like the X-Men’s Wolverine. Except Deadpool’s healing factor is much more potent and powerful than his Weapon X alumni. Deadpool, or Wade Wilson, is most known for his mouth and his constant chatter of jokes, sarcasm and general insanity, along with his constantly breaking the fourth wall. For a more in-depth look at the character and his history, watch the video below:
Here are eight actors who should star alongside Reynolds in Deadpool:
1. Dolph Lundgren as Cable
Everything about Dolph Lundgren as Cable sounds more and more perfect when I think about it. With Lundgren’s recent re-emergence into the action movie world thanks to The Expendables, I think Fox should definitely look in his direction if they want Cable in the Deadpool film. Lundgren has the look, as seen above, and he has the physical attributes to go along with it. Cable is listed as 6-foot-8 and 350 pounds, towering over Deadpool in the comics, and the movie should reflect this. Especially with the time travel buddies’ contrasting personalities, any film with Cable and Deadpool needs to show them as opposites in every way. Reynolds walks around at 6-foot-2, with Lundgren at 6-foot-5; this hardly shows the same type of physical difference as the comics, but it’s tough finding someone taller than Reynolds. Plus, there should be no doubt in anyone’s mind about Lundgren playing an angry, gun-toting character. He owns that role. I think between his physical presence, his overall badassness and just the general grittiness associated with Lundgren, I can’t see anyone else as Cable right now.
2. Jason Isaacs as Mr. Sinister
Jason Isaacs has played villains before, but I believe casting him as Mr. Sinister could truly be something special. He’s a veteran actor, with an extensive resume in a variety of roles, but I think he could truly bring something sinister to Mr. Sinister. Besides the cliche about the English playing the best movie villains, I think there is something to be said about his past roles in The Patriot, Harry Potter and even Entourage. The presence or general swagger he presents in his characters is captivating. He knows how to act and I think he could really bring to life Mr. Sinister in speech, mannerisms, and the general air of the character. I think with Isaacs in the role, he could take control and exude the villainous intellect of Mr. Sinister.
3. Kate Beckinsale as Domino
Kate Beckinsale as Domino? Yes, please. I loved her in Underworld, and she’s another one of the choices on my list who bears a physical resemblance to her comic counterpart, which is always a plus. I a role like Domino could really bring out the best in her, and alongside Reynolds, or better yet Deadpool, there would be a great dynamic in bringing to the big screen the duo’s comic history. Beckinsale has played the dark assassin in Underworld, making Domino not out of reach or even from left field. It’s a role she played well and one I think she should revisit.
4. Patton Oswalt as Bob, Agent of HYDRA
Before getting started, I’m fully aware HYDRA has been used on the MCU side and that legally is most likely unusable for Fox. However, maybe he doesn’t have to be Bob from HYDRA, maybe just Bob, or some witty or fourth wall related nickname. That said, Patton Oswalt would be phenomenal as Bob and most likely freaking hilarious. I love Oswalt as an actor and comedian, along with his being a proud geek and holding a wealth of knowledge on comics, so having him in a Deadpool movie would be killer. While he is currently a cast member of Agents of SHIELD, having Oswalt switching Marvel movie universes is not that uncommon. Although, it’s usually people coming over to the MCU, rather than going to the other studios. I still think Oswalt as Bob would only add to this already promising movie. Oswalt’s comedic wit, added to the usual Deadpool/Bob banter, could be the highlight of the film and a golden opportunity for Fox to add more comedic elements outside of their main character.
5. Jessica Alba as Mistress Death
I think Jessica Alba has the perfect mix of acting ability and beauty to play Deadpool’s eternal love. Mistress Death, or the avatar of Death, is generally a mysterious character, teasing those who court her constantly, like Thanos. She and Deadpool, however, engage in a flirty back and forth of eternal misery. They both wish to be with one another, but Deadpool can’t die, and Mistress Death can only engage with him physically when Wade is dead. Alba has played plenty of seductive characters in the past, but I think she’s also been able to show versatility, especially through Nancy in Sin City, that gives her a distinct edge. This edge is paramount when you have to portray the physical embodiment of death in the form of a woman who is unable to be with her love, Deadpool. While also not seeming to get worked up about it, constantly teasing other suitors, like Thanos, with her affections. I think Alba would be perfect for the role and could definitely pull off Mistress Death beautifully.
6. Lyndsy Fonseca as Rogue
A frequent candidate on fan casting for Rogue, with the assumption Anna Paquin won’t return for the role, Lyndsy Fonseca in my opinion is a great actress to take over the role. Known for her time on Nikita, the love interest in Kick Ass and the daughter in How I Met Your Mother, Fonseca is on the rise and in the perfect position to take over a franchise role. While I don’t know if she can pull off the southern drawl, I don’t put it past her. She’s a talented actress with a lot of potential. She’s currently cast in Marvel’s upcoming show, Agent Carter, but much like what I previously said about Oswalt, role swapping between Marvel studio properties is not uncommon. I see no reason Fonseca couldn’t pull off playing Rogue, and I think she would be a nice change of direction from the previous cinematic incarnation.
7. Tom Hardy as Wolverine
Yes, yes, I know Hugh Jackman is Wolverine and has a few movies left on his contract. However, for argument’s sake, Jackman will eventually have to give up the mantle to a new actor, and my vote is Tom Hardy. Hardy is slightly closer to Wolverine’s actual height, with Logan at 5-foot-3, while Hardy is 5-foot-8. This is much closer than Jackman’s 6-foot-2. Hardy has played multiple broken characters as an actor, and well, think Warrior. Hardy was spectacular and would give a fresh take on the character, one closer to the loner we really haven’t gotten to experience in the films. He has acting ability as well as screen presence. In The Dark Knight Rises, Bane was one of the only highlights of the disappointing followup to The Dark Knight. Hardy is physically intimidating and becomes more intimidating in the roles he takes on. Jackman’s iconic run as Wolverine aside, Hardy could be an amazing new direction for Logan and could be an excellent addition to the X-Men franchise. Once Jackman’s time comes, which it will, I’d like to see Hardy take on Wolverine because I believe he could bring something special to Logan and forge something new in the films.
8. Michael C. Hall as Taskmaster
I wanted to see Hall as Daredevil in the upcoming Netflix series. However, I trust Marvel’s casting choices and know they made the best decision based on how they wanted to reboot the character. With that said, I think Fox should get Hall back into the vigilante based genre of a superhero entertainment. Hall’s time on Dexter shows he can play a character who thinks things out and pre-plans his attack, much like robot. While I’m not sure where Taskmaster’s rights land, between Marvel, Sony and Fox, I think he’d be an excellent villain to fight or at least feature, in a movie with the ever sporadic Deadpool. I assume Taskmaster falls under Marvel Studios, but if there’s anyway FOX could use him, a Deadpool movie is the place to start. The way Wade and Taskmaster are completely opposites in how they fight would create a great visual dynamic of opposites fighting and could open opportunities for more Marvel mercenaries in the X-Men franchise. The way Hall played a calculated and robotic character in Dexter would be a perfect fight for the character of Taskmaster.