T. J. Miller Teases Who His Character Will Be in ‘Deadpool’ Movie, Ryan Reynolds Says Even the Most Critical Fanboys Will Embrace Film

8:48 AM EDT 3/19/2015 by Kara Michelle, Celebeat Reporter

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Comedy actor T. J. Miller, 33, star of HBO's sitcom Silicon Valley, hints he will be playing the character of Weasel (real name Jack Hammer) in director Tim Miller's live-action adaptation of the Marvel Comics character Deadpool's story. On Tuesday, to his Twitter followers, he wrote: "@BeetleBench @ccstandup It wouldn't be that I am so motherfucking method that @RealErlich is a tub of arrogance but #Deadpool #WeaselThin" In the Marvel comic book mythology, Weasel is Deadpool's friend, sidekick, information broker and arms dealer. This is consistent with a January report from The Wrap that Miller is set to portray a character who "serves as an additional comic voice to compliment Deadpool, who often breaks the fourth wall and speaks directly to the audience."

About the upcoming movie, Ryan Reynolds who plays the title role of the "Merc With The Mouth"  in a previous interview [via Flickering Myth] said: "I'm incredibly happy about it, we've got a director that understands that world, and writers with a lavish devotion to the canon of that character. That's the most important aspect: it's made in a way the most critical of fanboys could embrace. Well, that's the hope. We don't have the kind of money that most superhero movies do, but that's great, actually. Necessity is the mother of invention, and that's why we get to make the movie we want to make. You gotta have faith in the people you're working with, and have faith in the prep, and that's all I'm doing. On this one, the prep's been 11 years. You'd like to think you're putting your best foot forward, but we'll see."

A leaked first draft of the Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick script reveals a Deadpool character who would be more in keeping with the occasional superhero otherwise known as the "Merc With The Mouth" depicted in the original Marvel comic books. As any fan who is familiar with the character knows, Deadpool never stops talking, is nearly indestructible, keeps his disfigured, cancer-ridden face always hidden from view with his red and black mask, doesn't take himself nor anything else seriously, and, as is his wont, keeps on breaking the fourth wall by addressing the audience directly. Clearly then, the version of the character in the Reese and Wernick script would veer off from the origin story of the Deadpool that was introduced in the 2009 X-Men film -  a guy who has no cancer, no mask nor costume and, worse of all, no mouth.

Also confirmed to be in the new Deadpool movie are Gina Carano as Angel Dust, Morena Baccarin in a still unconfirmed female lead role, and Ed Skrein in a still undisclosed villain role. Filming is scheduled to begin on March 23 in Vancouver, Canada. Deadpool is announced for screening in cinemas by February 16, 2016.

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