Twentieth Century Fox may have found the actress who will portray Deadpool 2’s Neena Thurman, aka Domino.
According to the latest rumor from That Hashtag Show, Kerry Washington (Scandal, Django Unchained) is currently the frontrunner for the role of Domino. Along with Cable, the mutant will make her live-action cinematic debut in the sequel to last year's R-rated superhero blockbuster. The 40-year-old actress is currently testing for the role, and she appears to be the studio's top choice at the moment.
However, it must be noted that a deal hasn't been sealed, and we may eventually see another actress playing the character. If Washington is cast as Domino, it won't be her first Marvel Comics role. The two-time Golden Globe nominee portrayed Alicia Masters in Tim Story's Fantastic Four movies, and voiced Princess Shuri in the animated Black Panther series.
THS claims that Fox had offered the role to two other actresses, American Sniper star Sienna Miller and Beyond the Lights star Gugu Mbatha-Raw, but both of them turned it down. Back in October 2016, we came across a rumored shortlist of contenders for the role of Domino that included Miller and a number of other actresses, including Cloverfield star Lizzy Caplan, Kingsman: The Secret Service star Sofia Boutella, and The Martian star Mackenzie Davis. However, neither Washington nor Mbatha-Raw appeared on that list.
Apart from the casting rumor, THS also unveiled a Domino character breakdown that was sent to various casting agencies. While casting calls usually feature a codename for a character, this one uses the character's real name, which is Neena.
The character breakdown makes it clear that Fox isn't restricting Deadpool 2's Domino to any particular ethnicity. That makes sense, considering the fact that in the comics, the character’s skin is artificially colored black and white. Check out the character breakdown:
Female, all ethnicities; late 20s to early 30s.
Sexy, lithe, and athletic.
She has a witty personality.
Neena is a no-nonsense badass who rarely shows her feelings.
Highly capable, supremely confident, and armored in . . .well ARMOR . . .and bullet-proof sarcasm.
But beneath her shell, she's still and vulnerable and some soft, beating remnant of her humanity remains intact.
In this scene we need to see both sides.
When she can’t get what she needs with insults, bluster, and threats, we need to see some of that vulnerability.
It's hard for her to let down her guard, and in the mercenary community she grew up in, showing compassion is almost embarrassing.
We should feel like she'd be more comfortable killing Silberman than saying "Please".
Check out the THS clip below: