After months and months of rumors and speculation, Fox has finally found its Domino for Deadpool 2. Actress Zazie Beetz (Atlanta) has officially been cast in the role, which was announced earlier via Ryan Reynolds‘ Twitter account. She beat out reported contenders Mary Elizabeth Winstead (10 Cloverfield Lane, Fargo), Sofia Boutella (The Mummy, Kingsman: The Secret Service), Lizzy Caplan (The Interview, Cloverfield), Ruby Rose (John Wick: Chapter Two, xXx: Return of Xander Cage), Mackenzie Davis (Halt and Catch Fire, The Martian), Kerry Washington (Scandal, Django Unchained) & Janelle Monáe (Moonlight, Hidden Figures).
A recently leaked casting call describes Domino, codenamed Neena, as thus:
“A no-nonsense badass who rarely shows her feeling. Highly capable, supremely confident and armored in… well ARMOR… and bullet-proof sarcasm. But beneath her shell she’s still and vulnerable and some soft, beating remnant of her humanity remains intact.”
In the comics, Domino was the result of a government breeding program to create the perfect living weapon. She had the ability to subconsciously initiate random telekinetic acts that affect probability in her favor by manifesting improbable (but not impossible) events within her line of sight or “probability field”, causing her opponents to have “bad luck”. For example, if someone tried to shoot at her their gun would jam, or blow up. If she were caught under falling debris, and actively tried to avoid it, she would. As a mercenary, she is also well-versed in firearms, bladed weapons and hand-to-hand combat.
It was also recently hinted that Domino would play an integral role in the X-Force film along with Deadpool and Cable, and potentially in Fox’s R-rated corner of the X-Men film franchise as a whole going forward. With that in mind, it makes sense that they would go with Beetz as she has the lowest profile of all the rumored candidates. The only thing needed to bring this whole thing together now is the casting of Cable, which I suspect will be announced any day now.
Deadpool 2 is scheduled for a release date of March 2, 2018.