Atlanta breakout Zazie Beetz will play Domino in the upcoming Deadpool sequel.
Deadpool himself, Ryan Reynolds, made the announcement Thursday via Twitter, with the caption “Domino Effect.”
In Marvel’s comic book mythology, Domino is a mercenary who mostly works on the side of the good guys. Debuting in the same issue as Deadpool himself (1991’s New Mutants No. 98), she is another survivor of a government program to create the ultimate soldier. Instead of adamantium claws or hyperactive healing powers, she can affect probability itself, creating “good luck” for herself and those around her — something she’s put to use serving alongside Cable, another fan-favorite X-character who will be showing up in the new movie, but has yet to be cast.
Producers were looking to specifically cast a black or Latina actress in the role of Domino, testing a variety of actresses, but appear to have landed on Beetz.
Deadpool 2 will be directed by John Wick filmmaker David Leitch, with original Deadpool scripters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick returning to pen the follow-up for Fox, along with The Martian writer Drew Goddard. Simon Kinberg, Lauren Shuler Donner and Reynolds are set to produce.
After its February 2016 release, Deadpool became a runaway hit (and a surprise awards contender), grossing more than $780 million at the global box office and prompting the studio to expedite production on a sequel.
Beetz plays Van on Donald Glover’s award-winning FX series Atlanta, where she has emerged as a fan favorite. The actress will soon be seen in Chance the Rapper’s horror-comedy Slice. She is repped by Gersh.
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