'Deadpool' Actor Ed Skrein Confirms He's Playing Ajax

Ed Skrein playing Ajax in Deadpool

While Professor X and his merry band of mutants are getting ready to save the world from Apocalypse, another corner of the X-Men universe is about to (re-)introduce the badly-behaved, certifiably insane, yellow-speech-bubble-spouting mercenary Deadpool to moviegoers. Ryan Reynolds will reprise his role as Wade Wilson, a gun-for-fire who is left with badly disfigured (but gifted with superhuman healing abilities) after being subjected to a rogue experiment.

Deadpool was stuck in limbo for a long time due to the fact that Twentieth Century Fox was wary about giving a green light to a script that was unapologetically R-rated. After a piece of test footage was leaked to the general public, however, there was an outcry from fans begging to see a feature length film with the character, and Fox finally decided to give director Tim Miller the go-ahead - albeit with a smaller budget than the main X-Men movies.

Starring alongside Reynolds will be Morena Baccarin as Vanessa Carlysle A.K.A. Copycat, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Gina Carano as Angel Dust and T.J. Miller as Weasel. The identity of Game of Thrones actor Ed Skrein's character had thus far been a mystery, though we noted that in the first set photos from Deadpool he seemed to be playing a bad guy (it was the black leather and the evil smirk that gave it away). Skrein has now confirmed those suspicions with a set photo of his chair, which is emblazoned with his character name: Ajax.

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