Ed Skrein Confirmed as Ajax in Deadpool

For some time now, much of the mutant cast for Deadpool has been revealed, save for actor Ed Skrein. Today, however, Skrein took to Twitter to confirm that he will be playing none other than Ajax, one of the characters directly responsible for Wade Wilson becoming Deadpool in the source material. Previously an attendee at the Weapon X program, Ajax was transformed into a killing machine that couldn’t feel pain in addition to having increased strength and speed.

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 humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

Ryan Reynolds will star in the title role of the film along with TJ Miller as Weasel, Gina Carano as Angel Dust, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, and Morena Baccarin as Copycat. The film will also feature the mutant Colossus, though Daniel Cudmore has confirmed he will not appear as the character.

Tim Miller is directing the movie from a script by Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Confirmed to be rated RDeadpool is scheduled for a release on February 12, 2016.

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