20th Century Fox announced yesterday that the Deadpool sequel will debut June 1, 2018.The new Deadpool movie will be premiering six weeks after X-Men: New Mutants which is slated for April 13, 2018 and will be followed by another X-Men movie, Dark Phoenix, in November. Deadpool 2 will star Ryan Reynolds, reprising his role as the titular character. Joining him will be Josh Brolin as Cable, who also is scheduled to play Thanos in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War films. Zazie Beetz will also play a role in the film as Domino. Previous characters from the first film, Colossus, NegaSonic, Teenage Warhead and Dopinder will all return for the sequel as well. It has been stated that Cable’s origins will not be adapted in-depth in the new movie. The writers for the first film, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick will also be returning for the sequel project. Tim Miller will not be returning as the director however, with David Leitch directing instead.
The original Deadpool premiered in February 2016 and was met with tremendous success. It became the highest grossing R-rated film of all time at $783.1 million, a feat made even more impressive given its small budget of $58 million. Deadpool was a critical success as well, earning two Golden Globe nominations. Ryan Reynolds became heavily involved in the development of a Deadpool film after portraying Wade Wilson in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, wanting to do a proper portrayal of the character more in line with Marvel’s source material.
Earlier this year, a promotional film for Fox’s theatrical release of Logan was released online, starring Deadpool. The short film also served as a first look at the sequel for Deadpool, paying homage to the phone booth transformations performed by Superman in the past. Marvel’s Stan Lee also made a short cameo in the film.
Deadpool 2 is currently finishing up with casting and will begin shooting later this year.