One more piece of the ‘Deadpool 2′ puzzle has fallen into place. Leslie Uggams has confirmed that she is “Definitely” returning in the sequel as Blind Al, Wade Wilson’s sight-impaired but still ass-kicking roommate, whom he met through Craigslist. The film will be directed by ‘John Wick”s David Leitch with a script by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese. Ryan Reynolds will, of course, be reprising his title role as Marvel’s Merc With A Mouth and it has also been confirmed that Morena Bacarin will return as Vanessa along with Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Karan Soni as Dopinder the cab driver and Stefan Kapicic as the voice of Colossus. It hasn’t been confirmed whether or not T.J. Miller will reprise the role of Weasel, but we can hope.
In addition, much buzz has centered on the addition of the time-travelling Cable, played by Josh Brolin and Domino, played by Zazie Beetz. There have been some rumblings that Vanessa may adopt her comic book guise as Copycat, but at this rate, things are looking pretty stuffed as is.
The sequel’s script is reportedly being finished up and the film is expected to begin production before summer.
Uggams has an illustrious career on TV and stage, making her first big splash as Kizzy on the groundbreaking miniseries ‘Roots’. She also hosted her own variety show in the ’70s ‘The Leslie Uggams Show’. She can currently be seen playing Leah Walker, the mother of Terrance Howard’s Lucious Lyon on the hit FOX drama ‘Empire’. Uggams announced her return to ‘Deadpool 2′ at the after party for the HBO original film ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’, in which she has a supporting role. The film stars Oprah Winfrey.
The first ‘Deadpool’ became the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time, earning $782.6 million. It was also Fox’s biggest hit of 2016 and reinvigorated their super hero lineup, as ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ stumbled later that year.
Are you glad that Blind Al will be back for the sequel?
‘Deadpool 2′, directed by David Leitch, stars Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Zazie Beetz, Morena Bacarin, Brianna Hildebrand, Karan Soni, Stefan Kapicic and Leslie Uggams slashes its way into theaters on March of 2018.