The Deadpool 2 set has been hit by tragedy after a stuntwoman died performing a stunt. The unidentified stunt driver was said to have been performing a motorcycle stunt sequence when the fatal accident occurred. The Deadpool sequel is currently being shot in Vancouver, Canada, and the news of the stunt woman’s death was confirmed by the city’s police via Twitter and their website.
Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin and Zazie Beetz have been filming Fox’s superhero sequel in Vancouver since late June. The film will see Ryan reprise his Golden Globe-nominated role as Deadpool/Wade Wilson, with Brolin and Beetz joining the cast as Cable and Domino, respectively. T.J. Miller and Morenna Baccarin will also return as Weasel and Vanessa.
Onlookers told Vancouver affiliate CTV News that the stunt driver was for Beetz and that the motorcycle stunt had been taking place at Jack Poole Plaza. On August 3rd, photos from the set, published online, showed a female stunt driver was seen in the area, wearing a Domino costume while riding a black Ducati, though it has not been confirmed if this woman is the same stuntwoman who died. The Vancouver Police have issued the following statement, regarding the tragic event:
“Vancouver Police can confirm that a female stunt driver has died on the set of Deadpool during a stunt on a motorcycle. VPD officers are at the scene, along with officers from WorkSafeBC. More information will be released when it is available.
A spokesperson for 20th Century Fox issued the following statement to Variety, regarding the death on the Deadpool 2 set:
“We are deeply saddened by the accident that occurred on the set of ‘Deadpool 2’ this morning. Our hearts and prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues of our crew member during this difficult time.”
Update: Ryan Reynolds issued a statement via Twitter, which can be read below:
Just this week, Tom Cruise was involved in an on-set accident while shooting the sixth Mission Impossible movie. Back in July, the death of a stunt-performer on The Walking Dead set also shocked the movie/TV industry.
Reynolds has not publicly acknowledge the stuntwoman’s death though last week, he did praise the people of Vancouver on Twitter “for putting up with road closures and traffic delays” while they filmed Deadpool 2. Director David Leitch has also remained silent on social media following the on-set death, which could very well mean the production shuts down until the investigation is completed.
No doubt, the Deadpool 2 cast and crew members will be fully supportive of this measure, so that the cause of the accident can be properly determined and that future stunts do not end in tragedy. Leith, who is coming off having directed Atomic Blonde, is a former SAG award-winning stuntman, so he will no doubt be more than upset that one of his crew members has now died performing a stunt.
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