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Gina Carano Joins Ryan Reynolds in Fox's 'Deadpool' (Exclusive)
Gina Carano has closed a deal to join Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool, Fox's action movie based on the wisecracking mercenary Marvel character.
Tim Miller is directing the action adventure project, which is eyeing a March start in Vancouver. Lauren Shuler Donner is producing.
Reynolds is an assassin who is dying of cancer who undergoes a procedure that is supposed to cure him but ends up twisted and scarred while also imbued with super-powers.
T.J. Miller is set to bring comedic relief to the movie in an undisclosed role. And, fanboy alert: The Russian X-Men character known as Colossus is slated to appear in the movie.
Carano will play a character known as Angel Dust. It is unclear how she fits into the proceedings, but in the Marvel comics, the character was part of an underground mutant group known as The Morlocks.
Before she tackles Deadpool, however, Carano will star opposite Bruce Willis in Extraction, an action movie from Emmett-Furla and Aperture Entertainment.
Steven C. Miller is directing the story of a CIA operative and his son who is following in his footsteps, with the movie beginning to lens next week.
The back-to-back shoots continue Carano's nonstop movie momentum. She recently wrapped production on Bus 657 opposite Robert DeNiro, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kate Bosworth as well as Kickboxer, the reboot of the early 1990s action franchise that also stars Guardians of the Galaxy's Dave Bautista.
Carano is repped by Gersh, Scott Karp at the Syndicate and Ziffren Brittenham.