With the “Deadpool” movie about to begin filming and leading man Ryan Reynolds having long been attached, the search is now on for the film’s female lead.
The two front runners for the role are said to be “Homeland” and “Gotham” star Morena Baccarin, and “Orange is the New Black” leading lady Taylor Schilling. Details of the character they are up for are not available at this time.
Deadline adds that two other actresses are also in contention – “Red Band Society” scene stealer Rebecca Rittenhouse, and former “Teen Wolf” leading lady Crystal Reed.
UPDATE: Two more have joined the mix – Sarah Green (“Vikings”) and Jessica De Gouw (“Arrow”).
Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick penned the screenplay for the film which Tim Miller will direct. Shooting is slated to begin in March in Vancouver ahead of a February 2016 release.
Reynolds recently spoke with Collider about why Miller is right for the job: “[He’s] always been the right guy. He’s always, you know, shown nothing but a fierce loyalty to the canon of Deadpool and that’s the thing you look for first and foremost, a guy that is always wanting to push a little bit farther. And the advantage of doing a movie like this on a budget that is significantly less than any other kind of superhero movie is that you get to do things that you don’t get to do on other superhero movies so that’s what we’re most excited about.”
He also spoke with Yahoo Movies and says that he 100% believes the success of the leaked test footage is what got the movie going.