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X-Men spin-off Deadpool set for February 2016 release

Deadpool

Story by Jack Foley

LONG gestating X-Men spin-off movie Deadpool has finally been given a release date of February 12, 2016.

The project has been in development ever since Ryan Reynolds brought the character to the big screen as part of the ensemble of X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

It is not yet clear whether Reynolds will reprise the role but given his passion for the character and his repeated comments over wanting to play him again, it’s a safe bet to assume that he will be involved.

Tim Miller is set to direct the film, which will focus on the beloved Marvel character Wade Wilson, aka Deadpool, a talkative mercenary with a host of powers, including the ability to heal at a fast rate.

News of the release date comes just weeks after test footage of the project leaked briefly online, which sparked intense buzz on social media. The sequence, featuring Reynolds, was however shot several years ago, prompting Reynolds to react: “There was such an overpowering reaction to the footage, you sort of feel like, ‘Oh, so we weren’t crazy for our reasons for loving this character, for loving this role.’ It’s interesting to see the power of the Internet. It’s awe-inspiring, actually.”

As well as announcing the Deadpool release, Twentieth Century Fox has also revealed some date changes to other forthcoming titles.

Assassin’s Creed, starring Michael Fassbender in the adaptation of the Ubisoft computer game, has now moved from August 7, 2015, to sometime in 2016 due to script rewrites and scheduling difficulties. Fox has now conceded it won’t be ready in time for the initial release date.

And Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot is moving from June 19, 2015, to that August 7 spot, which means that it now opens around the same time as Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy did this summer.

The reshuffle also sees Young Adult film adaptation Paper Towns – based on the book by John Green – move forward from July 31, 2015 to June 19, the same date used to release The Fault In Our Stars, also based on a Green novel this year.

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