The Deadpool solo movie has traveled a rocky road to production, but one constant has been the expectation that Ryan Reynolds would reprise the role of Wade Wilson that he played so well in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (for half the film, anyway). That casting was seemingly confirmed this week via a new report and the actor himself, who hinted at the deal being done in a very Deadpool-like manner.
In a December 4 post to Twitter (see below), Reynolds offered up an image of Deadpool created out of spent ammunition with the caption “Uh… It’s Chimichanga Time.” And as any Deadpool fan will tell you, the mouthy Marvel mercenary’s fondness for deep-fried burritos is well documented — and they have occasionally served as the inspiration for his battle cries as he dives into whatever ridiculous conflict he finds himself in during his comic-book adventures.
And more importantly, the post serves as a reminder that Reynolds gets Deadpool.
Uh… It's Chimichanga Time. pic.twitter.com/ZlknW4HOtj
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) December 4, 2014
Just in case that wasn’t enough confirmation, however, Deadline reiterated that the casting deal is almost finalized for Reynolds to play Deadpool in the previously announced solo movie that’s expected to hit theaters February 12, 2016. The project will be directed by Tim Miller, based on a script by Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.
A wise-cracking mutant mercenary whose attempt to replicate Wolverine’s healing ability left him horribly scarred, Deadpool was created by Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza and debuted in a 1991 issue of the New Mutants comic-book series.
Production is expected to begin on Deadpool in March, with the film re-establishing the character after his controversial (half-good, half-bad) debut in 2009’s X-Men Origins.