Leslie Uggams to Return as Blind Al for Deadpool 2

Leslie Uggams will reprise the role of Blind Al in Deadpool 2

It looks like Emmy Award-nominated actress Leslie Uggams (RootsNurse Jackie) will return as Blind Al in the upcoming sequel Deadpool 2. BlackFilm is reporting that Uggams said, “definitely,” when asked if she’d return for the 20th Century Fox film at an afterparty celebrating HBO’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Uggams plays a supporting role opposite Oprah in the adaptation of Rebecca Skloot’s critically acclaimed novel.

Blind Al was Wade Wilson/ Deadpool’s roommate in the first film and Leslie Uggams’ performance was praised by critics. In the comics, Blind Al is Deadpool’s roommate, his maternal figure, his friend, and sometimes his prisoner. Uggams is currently playing Leah Walker, mother of Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) on the Fox series Empire. She received an Emmy nomination for playing Kizzy Reynolds in the television miniseries Roots (1977). She’s appeared as Vivian on the series Nurse Jackie, and hosted The Leslie Uggams Show back in 1969. She’s also won a Tony Award for her work on Broadway.

Deadpool 2 is set to introduce two key characters from the X-Force world, including Zazie Beetz (Atlanta) as Domino, a luck-manipulating mutant, and Cable (Josh Brolin), the time-traveling son of the X-Men’s Cyclops. It’s also been confirmed that both an X-Force movie and a Deadpool 3 are being planned as separate follow-ups to Deadpool 2.

John Wick‘s David Leitch is directing Deadpool 2 from a screenplay by the returning “real heroes here,” screenwriters Reese and Paul Wernick. Reynolds is again serving as a producer on Deadpool 2 alongside X-Men franchise caretakers Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner.

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