2016 was a big year for Leslie Jones. After her long-lasting run on Saturday Night Live, Jones made another big move on the big screen by landing a starring role in Ghostbusters. While the film had a mixed reception, it helped launch Jones’ career a bit more by having her join coverage on the Olympics. She also had roles in two other films with an appearance in Masterminds and a voice role in Sing.
Still, Jones has set out bigger goals for herself in the new year. One of these appears to be landing a role in Deadpool 2, something she has previously expressed a desire to join, but now she is specifically eyeing a role as his loud and wisecracking sidekick.
Jones appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers (via Uproxx) where the host asked her about her interest in joining this particular superhero franchise. While one of the reasons may be specifically tied to working with “one of the finest specimens” in Ryan Reynolds, she also wants to play off his comedic genius.
“In Deadpool I would love to be just the sidekick. Just feeding him back the lines. It would just be so fun.”
Jones does not have a particular character in mind but is hoping to have the power of loudness with a very specific result: “Everybody’s clothes just come off em.” With this being the second time she has voiced her eagerness to join the highly anticipated sequel, it will be interesting to see if this gains any traction. Reynolds is extremely active on social media, so there is a fairly decent chance that he could see her request and find a way to get her involved – even if it’s just in a cameo.
Jones will likely have a difficult time landing any larger role. Deadpool already appears to be gaining two fellow superhero friends in the sequel with both Cable and Domino set to appear. Unless they take some liberties with the appearances of either character, Jones likely will not fit the mold. However, this is not to say that there is not a single character from the comics or a new creation altogether that would fit her particular brand of humor. If this is going to happen, word on her involvement should come out in the coming months as Reynolds and new director David Leitch gear up for the start of production this summer.