Considering how hard Ryan Reynolds had to work to get Deadpool made, one would think it would be smooth sailing from there. It turns out that isn’t the case, and there were plenty of problems plaguing the sequel as well. There was the tragic death of stuntwoman Joi “SJ” Harris and the fact that they had to bring on David Leitch as a director pretty late in the game. But another problem won’t be addressed in this movie: the case of T.J. Miller.
Since taking on the role of Weasel in the first movie, Miller has been accused of sexual assault and sending transphobic emails to a trans critic who didn’t like The Emoji Movie. He was also recently arrested on charges relating to calling in a fake bomb threat. Fans were asking if Miller could be removed from the movie prior to release, and 20th Century Fox declined to do so. However, in an interview with the New York Times, Reynolds revealed that Miller won’t be appearing in the next movie.
“…in April one of its cast members, T.J. Miller, was charged with falsely calling in a bomb threat. There had previously been calls to replace Mr. Miller when past allegations of sexual assault surfaced last year. (Mr. Reynolds would not comment on Mr. Miller, but said he will not be in Deadpool’s next film, “X-Force”).”
So it sounds like Miller is getting quietly written out of this series — or maybe the character will die in the upcoming sequel. Either way, those who are conflicted about Miller’s involvement with this series going forward should feel a little better. We just have this one movie and then we’re done.
Summary(?): After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.
Deadpool 2, directed by David Leitch, stars Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Josh Brolin, Brianna Hildebrand, and Zazie Beetz. It will be released on May 18th.