DEADPOOL 2 Screenwriters on What Director David Leitch Brings to the Film, Casting Domino, and More
In a recent interview with IGN, Deadpool 2 screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick opened up a bit about working on the next chapter of Deadpool. They discussed what it's like working with the new director David Leitch. They talked about why they ended up casting Zazie Beetz in the role of Domino and what adding Cable to the film means for the sequel.
When asked about what it is like working with Leitch as opposed to working with the first film's director Tim Miller, Reese said:
"It's been phenomenal, David has his own, you know, point of view that's different from Tim's. He comes into a situation obviously where there already exists a tone and a style, so he's going to stay pretty close to that, I think. But at the same time, he brings a new approach and it's enlivened us definitely to try new things and to do things a little bit different from the first Deadpool. Not drastically, but enough that you get the sense that it's coming from a slightly different team.
"We love Tim Miller to death, we also love Dave now. I think you'll be very satisfied with what we're cooking up. We are loving our script right now, and the direction that it's headed. So I think audiences hopefully will be pleased."
After seeing what Leitch did with John Wick, there was never really any doubt that he would bring complete awesomeness to Deadpool 2. They writers were asked about casting Atlanta actress Beetz in the role of Domino, which was a surprising, unexpected choice. When talking about what made her the right choice for the role, Reese said:
"Well, you know, it's tough to say. There's this very wonderful alchemy that happens when an actor starts to read the lines that we came up with. She just really sparked, and it really just flew off the screen. I think that we now will be able to write with her voice in mind more, which always helps too. So yeah, I think you're right, it's a very exciting casting choice and we think it's going to pay off."
"And she, you know, in the read and in the test she went toe-to-toe with Ryan and that's not an easy task, he's such a brilliant actor. She kept face with him and that's reason enough to see how that plays out over the course of the next movie and franchise."
Beetz seems like a solid actress. I like her in Atlanta, and I'm looking forward to seeing what she brings to the character in Deadpool 2. Cable still has yet to be cast in the film, but while discussing the character, Wernick says just because they are adding Cable and a bunch of other characters, they are making sure this sequel stays a Deadpool movie and not a team movie:
"Well again, it will entirely be a Deadpool movie, and these characters we introduce will have to come into that world and it will be our task to have them not overtake it."
Deadpool 2 starts shooting later this year, and the plan is to release it in 2018.