After being stuck in development for many years, the Deadpool movie was officially given the green light last year with a script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Zombieland) and a director in visual effects specialist Tim Miller. In addition to featuring Ryan Reynolds suiting up (again) as Wade Wilson a.k.a. Deadpoool, the film will include other Marvel Comics characters like Weasel (T.J. Miller), Vanessa Carlysle a.ka. Copycat (Morena Baccarin) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand).
Principal photography on Deadpool wrapped at the end of May – and much of the cast is attending Comic Con International this weekend. However, another Marvel Comics character has been confirmed to appear in Deadpool: Blind Al.
Actress Leslie Uggams (Roots, Nurse Jackie) announced on her website that she will be playing Blind Al – also known as Althea – opposite Reynolds in Deadpool when the film debuts early next year. She didn’t offer any other information about the role, but a casting call released earlier this year described the character as “worldly, great sense of comedic timing, sarcastic, dry, funny.”
We speculated at the time that the role would be Blind Al (though it was listed under the temporary name of ‘Shirlie’), a visually impaired older woman who has an odd friendship with Deadpool. In the comics, Wilson met Blind Al before he became Deadpool when he was sent to kill her, but instead spared her. Then, after the Weapon X experiment, he met Blind Al again and struck up an interesting friendship.
Surely, fans of the Deadpool comics are excited about the inclusion of Blind Al given her relationship to Wilson, which should provide another layer of humor the film. Whether the movie will show how the two meet remains to be seen. But, with Uggams’ talent as an actress, she’s will likely be able to add the right amount of depth to the tough senior citizen.
All that being said, the addition of Blind Al shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Despite the name attached to the role on the casting call, it seemed fairly clear from the description that ‘Shirlie’ was actually Blind Al. However, with Weasel and Copycat also appearing in Deadpool, it seems the movie is making sure to feature many fan-favorite characters from the Marvel comics – an effort that will hopefully please readers and non-readers alike.
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.
Source: Leslie Uggams