“Deadpool 2 is Aliens.”
Deadpool 2 will be a bigger and more action heavy sequel, according to director Rob Liefeld.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Liefeld teased what fans can expect from the upcoming film, comparing Deadpool 2 to the beloved second installment in the Alien franchise, 1986’s Aliens. According to Liefeld, while the first Deadpool is more like the original Alien movie, the sequel, like Aliens, ups the ante in a major way.
“Deadpool was Alien,” Liefeld said. “It’s brilliant. It completely works. It’s a masterpiece. Deadpool 2 is Aliens. It’s when James Cameron came in and said, ‘OK you want me to do this? We’re going to make it bigger, put in loads more action.'”
Deadpool 2 will feature a larger cast, including newcomers Josh Brolin (Cable) and Zazie Beetz (Domino), along with returning favorites Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Stefan Kapicic as Colossus, and of course Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool.
Elsewhere in the interview, Liefeld touched on the decision to cast Brolin as Cable and how important this casting choice was for the movie. “Casting Cable was the most important thing this movie had to do,” Liefeld said. “I lived and died by whatever name leaked that day. I had ulcer upon ulcer upon ulcer. When Josh was announced, my wife will tell you, I jumped 12 feet in the air, maybe higher.”
Deadpool 2 hits theaters on May 18. For more on the highly anticipated sequel, check out Deadpool 2’s flashy new poster, as well as our full breakdown of the latest trailer below.