‘Deadpool 2’ release date revealed

The much-anticipated Marvel Comics movie sequel is on its way.

The release date for Deadpool 2 has been revealed, after reports that it would be arriving in cinemas in early 2018.

According to Deadline, Deadpool 2 has been given a release date of June 1, 2018, with filming believed to begin in June of this year. It’s not yet been announced whether this is the official release date for the UK.

Deadpool 2 will be directed by David Leitch (John Wick) and written by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese.

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Preparations for the sequel to last year’s hugely-successful Marvel Comics adaptation are currently underway, with Ryan Reynolds set to return for his role as the titular anti-hero and Josh Brolin cast as Cable.

Rumours of Brad Pitt being cast as Cable circulated last month with Stranger Things actor David Harbour, Pierce Brosnan, Michael Shannon and Russell Crowe also rumoured for the role.

In the comics, Cable is Nathan Summers, the present day son of X-Men character Cyclops and a clone of Jean Grey called Madeline Pryor.

Foretold to kill Apocalypse, the villain infected Nathan with a lethal techno-organic virus, so his elder sister Rachel (from an alternate reality) took him into the future where he stood a chance of survival.

Cable eventually returns to the present as a mysterious, older bounty hunter figure known for using more brutal methods than the regular X-Men.

Meanwhile, it’s been reported that Leslie Uggams will return as Blind Al – Deadpool’s roommate – in Deadpool 2.

The first teaser trailer for Deadpool 2 was released last month.

Shot by Deadpool 2 director David Leitch, the teaser was released on Reynolds’ YouTube page. Entitled ‘No Good Deed’, the clip sees Deadpool – who, as Wade Wilson, is seen at the start of the short film listening to John Parr’s ‘St. Elmo Fire’ – responding to a street robbery in his usual, meta way.

There’s also a cameo from former Marvel President Stan Lee. The trailer itself doesn’t give away many clues on when fans can expect the sequel, with the final message reading: ‘Deadpool… coming … not soon enough’.