Three months after 20th Century Fox officially handed out a February 12, 2016 release date for Deadpool, the studio is closing their deal with Ryan Reynolds to return as the Merc With the Mouth. Deadline reports that production is slated to begin in March 2015. Ryan Reynolds first portrayed Deadpool in the 2009 superhero adventure X-Men Origins: Wolverine, with several fans clamoring for a stand-alone movie ever since its release.

Writer-producer Simon Kinberg revealed in October that Deadpool will be a part of 20th Century Fox's X-Men movie universe. No story details have been released at this time, but fans have been excited for this project ever since test footage leaked onto the internet this summer. No other cast members have been confirmed at this time.

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Tim Miller is directing from a screenplay by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, with Lauren Shuler Donner producing alongside Simon Kinberg. Ryan Reynolds himself confirmed the news with a photo posted to his newly-created Twitter page, which you can check out below.