A Deadpool movie was in development hell for years despite a director in Tim Miller, a script, and Ryan Reynolds willing to reprise his role as Wade Wilson a.k.a. Deadpool from X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Last fall, 20th Century Fox gave the film a green light - after a push in the form of some leaked test footage - and Deadpool has since been moving steadily forward.
Filming is now underway in Vancouver and a photo of Reynolds' Deadpool costume has been released along with an official synopsis. However, certain other aspects of the feature are still coming together, specifically the cast and the film's rating.
THR is reporting newcomer Brianna Hildebrand has joined the cast of Deadpool as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, whose comic persona also goes by Ellie Phimister. Deadpool will be Hildebrand's first major feature part, her previous credits include the web series Annie Undocumented.
As for Negasonic Teenage Warhead, the mutant was created by X-Men writer Grant Morrison and quickly killed off within the comics. Negasonic Teenage Warhead was a student of Emma Frost and her powers include telepathy and precognition.
Though Hildebrand may not resemble the drawn version of Negasonic Teenage Warhead, her character will likely be re-imagined for Deadpool. Since she is on the more obscure side of Marvel's mutant universe, it allows for Hildebrand and the crew of Deadpool some extra room to adapt the character to the big screen.
As for the rating of Deadpool, many thought the film would be R-rated, allowing for Miller to embrace the more violent aspects and storylines of the character. Shortly after the film received a green light, though, it was rumored Deadpool was given the go ahead because the script had been reworked to be rated PG-13.
However, co-writer of the Deadpool script Rhett Reese responded to the rumor saying the rating was far from finalized. Now, Reynolds has updated fans on Twitter on the discussions of Deadpool’s rating:
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) March 30, 2015
Reynolds’ comment seems to lend credence to the rumor that Fox would prefer Deadpool obtain a PG-13 rating - likely because it would open the film up to a wider audience and, subsequently, potentially more ticket sales. Of course, the other part of that rumor included the promise that Deadpool wouldn’t “lose its soul” without an R rating.
However, many believe the Merc with a Mouth cannot be done justice with a PG-13-rated feature, and Reynolds counts himself among them. The star’s belief in an R-rating should offer hope to fans wishing to see the character in all his glory on screen.
That being said, Reynolds’ tweet makes it clear that the discussion of Deadpool’s rating is very much ongoing and, depending on the tone of the yelling, it’s difficult to say which way the studio and the filmmakers are leaning. Viewers may need to wait for more information, or the MPAA to release their official rating.
Deadpool will premiere in theaters February 12th, 2016.