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Ryan Reynolds Filmed New Scenes for PG-13 'Deadpool 2'

The new cut will open Dec. 21 and features material shot by director Dave Leitch.
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The new cut will open Dec. 21 and features material shot by director Dave Leitch.

Deadpool 2 writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are pulling back the curtain on the mysterious Deadpool re-release opening in December.

Fox made a surprise announcement last month that an Untitled Deadpool movie would open Dec. 21, with rumors swirling it would be a PG-13 cut of Deadpool 2. The writers have now confirmed that's the case while speaking with /Film. They also noted that star Ryan Reynolds has already filmed new scenes for the cut.

"About two months ago we were out on soundstages shooting again," said Wernick. "Ryan was in the suit and the gang was back together, [director] Dave Leitch and Ryan and us having a great time and laughing. It comes together great so we’re super excited about it."

Reynolds previously teased the project by tweeting a picture of Deadpool reading to Fred Savage, apparently reprising his role from 1987's The Princess Bride, which saw the child star play a sick young boy whose grandfather read the epic tale to him.

Wernick and Reese declined to say what other actors were part of the new scenes, but Wernick did say that Reynolds had conceived of "a great framing device" for the cut. Perhaps this framing device is Deadpool reading to Savage? 

Deadpool 2 brought in $734 million globally, coming in under the $783 million the first installment earned in 2016. The future of the franchise is not yet clear in light of the pending Fox/Disney merger, which will see Fox's Marvel characters move over to Marvel Studios under the oversight of studio head Kevin Feige. Writer-director Drew Goddard is attached to direct an X-Force spinoff movie with Reynolds and Deadpool 2 stars Josh Brolin and Zazie Beetz, but the filmmaker has indicated he is not sure if or when that film will come together due to the merger.

"I still feel like there is real opportunity to explore that. What Deadpool is to the superhero movie, X-Force can be to the team superhero movie," Goddard told The Hollywood Reporter earlier this month of its potential. 

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