Director Tim Miller’s upcoming Deadpool movie has wrapped filming and plenty has been done to make sure it’s on everyone’s radar. The film has had a heavy social media presence, announcing its R rating on April Fools’ Day in a video with Mario Lopez, and revealing Ryan Reynolds in the official costume with a spoof of an older Burt Reynolds centerfold – a very fitting debut for the comedic mercenary from Marvel.
Just like with Suicide Squad, several photos and videos were taken at the upcoming comic book movie’s set. One especially interesting reveal was the Merc With a Mouth battling a large actor wearing a motion capture suit. Many speculated the individual fighting the anti-hero was Colossus, and it turns out they were right. Now that filming has concluded, it has been revealed that actor and stunt performer Andre Tricoteux (Seventh Son) is playing the incredibly strong and impressively durable mutant.
In one of Tricoteux’s tweets, he announced he had finished filming and he thanked the crew. Actress Gina Carano (who plays Angel Dust) then replied saying he’s the “best Colossus a person could ask for.” Since set videos reveal he did motion capture for the character and IMDB lists him as the stunt double for Colossus, it’s unclear if his role is limited to providing mo-cap or if he’s also going to be the voice of Colossus. If he is providing the dialogue, only time shall tell whether or not he’ll be speaking with Colossus’ signature Russian accent – a voice viewers of the classic X-Men animated series should remember very well.
Check out Tricoteux in action below:
Actor Daniel Cudmore, who played Colossus in the previous X-Men movies, used his own accent and has confirmed he won’t be reprising the role in Miller’s movie. However, seeing as his role was very limited (when compared to the main characters), Deadpool providing a new take on the powerful mutant is unlikely to create a lot of confusion amongst moviegoers, especially taking into account Deadpool’s emphasis on humor and breaking the fourth wall.
After all, this new version of Deadpool – one which is drawing a ton of inspiration from the source material – is a drastic departure from the character that appeared in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. That movie’s take on Wade Wilson (played by Reynolds) was fair, but then giving the character wrist blades, adamantium lacing, optic blasts, and teleportation (something he can only do in the comics thanks to a device he occasionally wears) left many fans feeling disappointed – and that’s putting it lightly.
Fun fact: Wade Wilson and Colossus have fought in the comics. In writer Daniel Way and artist Paco Medina’s Deadpool #18, some of the X-Men go after Wade and attempt to take him down. Deadpool is able to dodge Cyclops’ optic blasts, but he runs right into Colossus’ big fist. Wade attempts to headbutt the metal hero in the face – to no avail, of course – but he then escapes the tall guy’s grasp by spewing his own blood all over good guy’s face. Needless to say, Colossus’ sheer strength and impressive durability means Deadpool’s going to need a lot of luck or a lot of weaponry if he wants to bring the large fellow down. Hopefully for him, they’ll eventually become allies in the film.
Fantastic Four opens August 7th, 2015, Deadpool on February 12th, 2016, X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27th, 2016, Gambit on October 7th, 2016, Wolverine 3 (not the official title) on March 3rd, 2017, Fantastic Four 2 on June 9th, 2017, and some as-yet unspecified X-Men film on July 13th, 2018.