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Now, when news broke a few months back that the long-awaited Deadpool movie would indeed be happening - and would see Ryan Reynolds return to the part he tried so valiantly to rescue from what X-Men Origins: Wolverine did to it - there was enough excitement to fuel a blimp.

Since then, though, things have been relatively quiet on the Deadpool front. Sure, we got a glimpse of his brand new movie mask, and a few smaller casting announcements, but other than that...there hasn't been a whole lot happening.

That, though, is largely because the casting process seems to still be very much underway, meaning there's simply not all that much news to report - and yet, a leaked document from that same process might just have revealed who two of the movie's main characters are.

Deadpool Just Got a Sidekick...and a Villain

Now, it all started when Jeff Sneider from The Wrap revealed that:

Now, those characters are, most likely, not actually going to be called Simon or Ridge - seeing as they recently cropped up in a leaked casting call document that featured a whole bunch of fairly obvious pseudonyms.

But they sure are going to look like these guys.
But they sure are going to look like these guys.

If's Jamie Lovett is correct, though, those documents might just shed a light on which comic-book characters we'll see on screen.

TJ Miller's Simon, for instance, is described as:

"Any ethnicity, late 20s to early 40s. Quirky, great sense of humor. Smart, funny, but more than a little bit slippery. Fast talker, always looking to make a buck. He looks out for himself first and foremost, but reveals loyalty at the end of the day."

Which sure does sound a whole lot like Deadpool's fundamentally untrustworthy friend Weasel, who's been widely expected to appear in the movie.

That's him on the right, with the Spider-Ham mug.
That's him on the right, with the Spider-Ham mug.

Ed Skrein's Ridge, meanwhile, is described as:

"Any ethnicity, early 30s to early 50s. Big, muscular, dangerous, violent, vain, insecure and more than a bit of a dick…. but with a sense of humor. He is not a psychopath, he’s practical but morally neutral—he doesn’t enjoy torturing people, he just doesn’t care."

Which, as Lovett points out, may very well be perennial Deadpool antagonist Garrison Kane - a long-serving part of the Weapon X program (which will likely feature in the film allowing it to tie in to Wolverine's history).

That's him on the left, about to wail on Deadpool.
That's him on the left, about to wail on Deadpool.

Who, intriguingly, has in the comics tended to alternate between something approaching heroism, mind-controlled villainy and general moral indifference.

Which sounds about right for a Deadpool villain...

What do you reckon, though? Will we see Miller and Skrein play Weasel and Garrison Kane? Which other comic-book characters do you think'll make it into the movie? Will we actually see Cable?



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