Homeland star Morena Baccarin takes leading role in X-Men spin-off Deadpool
Homeland and Gotham star Morena Baccarin has secured a leading role in new X-Menspin-off Deadpool.
It had been thought earlier in the week that Fast and Furious star Gina Carano had secured the leading role, which would see her play opposite Ryan Reynolds, but Carano's role appears to be a separate one.
Baccarin will play an unnamed character who will serve as Deadpool's love interest, according to the Hollywood Reporter. She reportedly saw off competition from five other actresses for the role, including Orange Is The New Black's Taylor Schilling, Teen Wolf's Crystal Reed, Red Band Society's Rebecca Rittenhouse and Arrow's Jessica De Gouw.
Visual effects supervisor Tim Miller will make his debut as a director on the movie, which will film in Vancouver, the same location where much of X-Men: Days Of Future Past was shot.
Reynolds made his debut as Deadpool, who is also known as Wade Wilson, in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The character has a number of powers, including vastly accelerated healing and incredible stamina. He is also an expert in a number of martial arts.
The film is due to be released on February 12th in 2016, three months before X-Men: Apocalypse hits cinemas.