On Tuesday, Deadline reported that nonbinary actor Emma Corrin (Princess Diana in The Crown, also starred beside Harry Styles in My Policeman) has been cast as the main villain of Marvel’s upcoming Deadpool 3 alongside Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman. There aren’t really any additional details about Corrin’s character yet, aside from that they will be a villain.
“New addition to the family! The Deadpool family, for clarity. Which is just like a real family except with less swearing… Welcome, Emma Corrin! ⚔️❤️⚔️,” Reynolds tweeted after the news went public.
Corrin has been picking up steam in their acting career for the past few years, earning an Emmy nomination for their portrayal of Princess Diana in The Crown, as well as starring alongside Harry Styles in the 2022 film My Policeman. The actor has also performed on stage, starring in a production of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando.
This will be the first Deadpool movie of the trilogy that Marvel will be working cooperatively with Reynolds and Team Deadpool to make. Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese were chosen to write the script, Shawn Levy will direct, and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige will join Levy and Reynolds as a producer.
Deadpool is historically a queer character himself, and previous films in the series have included other LGBTQ+ X-Men — like Negasonic Teenage Warhead — so it feels fitting that the next installment would continue that legacy of representation. It also feels fitting that this time around the queer character will be a villain, as Deadpool often flirts with the lines of morality and shows that not all LGBTQ+ people are entirely wholesome or sweet.
“The great thing about Deadpool is that we’re allowed to do things that other superhero movies don’t necessarily do,” Reynolds told Variety in a past interview about Deadpool’s future sexuality representation. It seems like that will apply to representation across the board as this franchise continues to develop.