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'Deadpool' Casting: T.J. Miller Confirms He's Playing Weasel

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In less than a year, the first non-Wolverine X-Men spinoff will hit theaters, focusing on none other than fan-favorite Marvel Comics antihero Deadpool. The project was stuck in development hell for years after Twentieth Century Fox first commissioned a script and attached a director to build something out of Ryan Reynolds playing (a version of) the character in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine but only decided to greenlight the project last year.

The timing and rushed released date of Deadpool is due in large part to the studio's efforts to push their Marvel film licenses to the forefront of their tentpole release slate, finally realizing the franchise value of the library of X-Men and Fantastic Four characters at a time when superhero genre flicks dominate Hollywood. With production beginning on Deadpool, Fox and director Tim Miller are rounding out the cast.

Reynolds is back as Wade Wilson, but this time is playing the "real" version of the character, full Deadpool comics costume and all. The star promises that critical fans of the books will be pleased with what Miller has planned which, judging by his Deadpool test footage and the praise of Rhett Weese and Paul Wernick's script, is not difficult to believe, especially after the much improved critical reception to the studio's last three efforts, X-Men: First ClassThe Wolverine, and X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Joining Reynolds as the female lead is Morena Baccarin with a supporting cast that includes Gina Carano as Angel Dust and a re-cast X-Men regular in Colossus. We can also add to that roster, funnyman T.J. Miller, star of Silicon Valley, voice actor in Big Hero 6 and How To Train Your Dragon, and recognizable supporting character in films including Transformers: Age of Extinction and Rock of Ages. T.J. Miller, a stand up comic, got his big break in film playing the cameraman (the audience's perspective) in Cloverfield and the actor teased his Deadpool role yesterday on Twitter, and confirmed it today. He's playing Weasel.

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