Who Is Domino In 'Deadpool 2'? The New Trailer Delivers Zazie Beetz In All Her Glory
Deadpool's putting together a team for the sequel, and to be more specific, it's a "super-duper f*cking group" he found through LinkedIn. There's one new character, though, that might give Wade Wilson a run for his money. The Deadpool 2 final trailer focuses on Domino, played by Atlanta's Zazie Beetz. It's clear from this clip that she's one to watch, even if Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) doesn't want you watching her. It is his movie, after all, but he's going to have share the wealth and the jokes. So, who is Domino in Deadpool 2 anyway? Someone you're definitely gonna want on your team.
When Domino first appears to try out for Deadpool's squad, her introduction definitely makes an impression on the superhero. "I'm Domino," she says. "And I'm lucky." Like Shania Twain, that don't impress Deadpool much and he's not afraid to say it. "Luck isn't a superpower," he tells her.
For a man as unlucky as Wade, whose superpower comes from an experimental cure for his terminal cancer, it's no surprise that he's not into Domino's whole thing. "It's certainly not very cinematic," he says, as the camera pans to Domino outrunning a car as it slow motion flips above her. Clearly, he's wrong about that and Domino, who actually does have the ability to manipulate luck in her favor, knows it. "Yes it is," she says with all the conviction in the world, leading Wade to say, "Let's meet in the middle and say no it isn't."
It's not the first time a Deadpool trailer has featured Beetz's character. In previous clips she earned a few one-liners of her own. Like, pointing out that Deadpool calling his super squad X-Force was a little "derivative" of those other Marvel superheroes.
She also got to weigh in on Deadpool's Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants monologue in which he explains that it's"pure pornography." A meta joke if there ever was one, since Reynolds is married to Blake Lively, one of that movie's stars. But, also a perfect chance for Beetz to get the last laugh when she deadpans, "God, I wish I finished college."
What this trailer reveals, though, is just how important Domino is to taking down Deadpool 2 baddie Cable, played by Josh Brolin. This time around, Deadpool is tasked with protecting a boy with some special powers and that's really all fans know for now since the studio's staying mum about the details. In fact, all of the descriptions for the sequel are in Deadpool's voice, which means they're sarcastic as hell.
What we do know is that Beetz is bringing her own style to the role. Director David Leitch and Reynolds wanted Beetz to wear her hair natural for the part, despite the character having straight hair in the comic. “I was shocked,” Beetz told Vogue, saying she would have changed her hair for the role. “For David and Ryan, my hair being bold and strong helps Domino come across as bold and strong.” Beetz said, as a black woman, it's also "incredibly freeing to be able to show people that this is a viable way to wear your hair—on-screen and in the world."
Beetz's real strength, though, was being able to keep up with Reynolds. Screenwriters Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese said it was the reason why Beetz was the ideal choice for the part. “She, you know, in the read and in the test she went toe-to-toe with Ryan and that’s not an easy task, he’s such a brilliant actor,” Wernick told IGN. “She kept pace with him and that’s reason enough to see how that plays out over the course of the next movie and franchise.”
As the trailer makes clear, there's "nothing like your second time" and this time around, fans are lucky to have Beetz's Domino in the mix. Hopefully, it's just the beginning of a beautiful friendship.