Back in June, just a few months after the box office smash hit Deadpool hit theaters, reports surfaced that production would begin on the sequel Deadpool 2 in early 2017. A lot has happened between then and now, with original Deadpool director Tim Miller leaving the sequel in October, due to creative differences with Ryan Reynolds. Another report surfaced in November that production was delayed, since no director had been found at the time, but just a few weeks later, John Wick director David Leitch came aboard. Today we have word that 20th Century Fox is eyeing a June 2017 shoot in Vancouver.
The report comes from What's Filming, a website which tracks production movement in the Vancouver and British Columbia region. No specific locations within Vancouver were mentioned, but this shouldn't come as much of a surprise, since the first Deadpool movie was filmed in Vancouver, which is also star Ryan Reynolds' hometown. The production start date isn't much of a surprise either, giving new director David Leitch plenty of time to get pre-production started on this superhero sequel. It isn't known how much the story will change now that David Leitch is at the helm, but there were reportedly two different versions of the movie that were being bandied about, before Tim Miller parted ways with the sequel.
Shortly after Tim Miller's departure, a report surfaced that claimed the director wanted a "more stylish take" on the sequel, which would have cost three times the $58 million budget of the first movie, while star-producer Ryan Reynolds and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick wanted to keep the sequel a low-budget adventure like the first movie. Earlier this month, Tim Miller refuted those claims, revealing on a podcast that he wanted to make the same kind of movie as the first, because he thought that was "right for the character." He also shot down claims that he wanted Bloodline and Friday Night Lights star Kyle Chandler to play the iconic Cable, which was reportedly another point of contention that lead to the director's departure.
Cable's involvement in this sequel was confirmed in a most unusual way, with Ryan Reynolds appearing at the very end of Deadpool in full costume, in an homage to Ferris Bueller's Day Off, where he confirmed that Cable will be in the sequel. Since then, actors such as Stephen Lang and Dolph Lundgren have expressed their interest in playing Cable, but no one has been officially cast at this time. Before Tim Miller's departure, the sequel was narrowing in on their finalists to play another iconic character, Domino.
Back in October, a report claimed that the studio's short list for Domino included six actresses, Lizzy Caplan, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Sienna Miller, Sofia Boutella, Stephanie Sigman and Sylvia Hoeks. Finding a replacement for Tim Miller naturally took precedence over this casting decision, but now that David Leitch is on board, it's possible that we may hear about who will play Domino soon. Then again, it's also possible that David Leitch could have a completely different vision of the character, and the casting process may have be be started over from scratch. 20th Century Fox has yet to give Deadpool 2 an official release date at this time, but hopefully we'll hear more soon as we get closer to a potential June production start.