Firefly and Homeland actress Morena Baccarin will be joining Ryan Reynolds, Gina Carano and T.J. Miller in the upcoming X-Men spinoff film Deadpool.
The actress has been cast as the female lead in the film, a role that five other actresses had been vying for. For the role, Baccarin beat out Jess De Gouw, Sarah Greene, Taylor Schilling, Rebecca Rittenhouse and Crystal Reed.
In the film, Baccarin will play Deadpool’s love interest, a woman who must deal with “falling for a man with a hideously scarred face.”
Baccarin is perhaps best known for her work as Inara Serra on the short-lived NBC sci-fi series Firefly. The series only ran for only 14 episodes from 2002 to 2003, but the show amassed a large cult following soon after it was cancelled. She went on to star in another sci-fi cult series entitled V, before landing the role of Jessica Brody on the multiple Emmy-winning show Homeland. In 2013, she received an Emmy nomination of her own for her work on the show, in the Best Supporting Actress category. Currently the actress has a supporting role on Fox’s Gotham.
Tim Miller is attached to direct Deadpool, with a script from Zombieland and G.I. Joe: Retaliation writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.
Kevin Feige will produce the project along with Lauren Shuler Donner and Fantastic Four, X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse producer Simon Kinberg.
The film will mark the second time Ryan Reynolds has played the role of Deadpool, as the actor played the comic book character in 2009’s largely unsuccessful Wolverine spinoff film X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
When test footage from a scrapped Deadpool movie leaked online last year, fans demanded to see an actual Deadpool movie, which resulted in Sony somewhat unexpectedly green-lighting the project.
Deadpool begins production this year in March, for a February 12, 2016 release date.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter