Ryan Reynolds shares picture of Deadpool reading a Judy Blume book

Reynolds' anti-hero is seen 'trying to connect' with a much younger female mutant

Ryan Reynolds has shared a picture of Deadpool reading ‘Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret’, a book by beloved American children’s author Judy Blume.

The image shows Reynolds’ anti-hero engrossed in the novel aimed at teenage girls as he sits next to Negasonic Teenage Warhead, a much younger female mutant played by up-and-coming actress Brianna Hildebrand. His droll caption reads: “#tryingtoconnect”.

Ryan Reynolds first played Wade Wilson aka Deadpool, a Marvel Comics anti-hero famed for his wise-cracking personality and tendency to break the fourth wall, in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The cult character’s long-awaited solo movie has been in the works since 2010.

Visual effects specialist Tim Miller, whose CV includes creating the opening sequence for 2013’s Thor: The Dark World, makes his directorial debut from a script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the creators of US hoax-based comedy series The Joe Schmo Show. Miller began filming in late March in Vancouver, Canada, and Reynolds tweeted in late May that the shoot had wrapped.

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The film’s official plot synopsis teases: “Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, Deadpool tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humour, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.”

Deadpool will open in cinemas on February 12, 2016. Reynolds is flanked by a supporting cast that includes Haywire‘s Gina Carano, former Homeland actress Morena Baccarin and Silicon Valley star TJ Miller.