UPDATE: Deadpool 2 Rumor: Janelle Monaé As Domino (Debunked)
Update: Producer/Screenwriter of Deadpool 2 took to twitter to debunk the rumor personally. This is slightly upsetting, and we would still like to see her possibly enter talks for the role. Apologize for any confusion:
Last year, the critical and box office success of Deadpool surprised everyone. The film starring Ryan Reynolds (Blade Trinity, Green Lantern) and directed by Tim Miller (Scott Pilgrim Vs The World) had an uphill battle for years because Twentieth Century Fox wasn’t sure if the character would go over well with audiences. But it goes without saying that Deadpool is one of Fox’s best Marvel films to date. During a hilarious yet simple post credits scene, it was confirmed that there will in fact be a sequel and it will bring to life an adaption of fan favorite character: Cable. As time went on, the filmmakers also confirmed that the mutant Domino will also be apart of the main cast. Of course, fans have been eagerly waiting to find who will be playing these iconic characters and a recent rumor has thrown singer and actress Janelle Monae into the mix.
Coming off the high of starring in two films that have received Academy Award wins and nominations, Hidden Figures and Moonlight, it goes without saying that the buzz for Monae is building and learning that she could possibly be the front runner for the role of Domino is exciting news. Along with her upbeat catalog of music, Monae grabbed the world’s attention when she refused to play into the stereotype that female artists had to be half naked to be considered strong and sexy. She wore a black and white tuxedo every time she performed or made an appearance. She redefined what it meant to be a strong, black woman in the industry so the fact that she could be taking on the role of Domino who is also a strong independent female character in the X-Men comics is pretty dope.
If you don’t know who the Domino characteris, let’s catch you up. Domino’s real name is Neena Thurman and she is a mutant mercenary with the ability to control probability giving her insanely “good luck” in any situation. Domino is also a member of the mutant team the X-Force and has been a love interest and ally to the mutant, Cable. Early rumors had put Scandal star Kerry Washington as the frontrunner for the role and actress Mackenzie Davis’ (Black Mirror, The Martian) name has been mentioned as well. For now, all of these are just rumors so they must be taken with a grain of salt. Janelle Monae may be a newcomer to the acting world but her presence on screen is undeniable. She is beautiful as well as strong and if she in fact is playing Domino, she will not disappoint.
Deadpool 2 is being written by Drew Goddard (World War Z, The Cabin In The Woods), Rhett Reese (Zombieland) and Paul Wernick (Deadpool, Zombieland). Tim Miller will not be returning to direct the sequel. Instead, Hollywood stuntman turned director David Leitch (Atomic Blonde) will be putting on the director’s hat. No offical synopsis for the film has been released. What do you think of this casting rumor GOC peeps? Do you think Janelle Monae can do it? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Deadpool 2 is expected to slash its way into theaters March 2, 2018.