Deadpool 3 has a setback due to its filming start, as Ryan Reynolds is not legally allowed to improv any lines as Wade Wilson in the new movie. Reynolds has starred in two Deadpool movies so far, with the actor being joined by a great deal of talent for the Merc with a Mouth’s trilogy finale. Deadpool 3‘s cast includes returning stars from the character’s first two movies, Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, and the debut of new characters for Deadpool’s first Marvel Cinematic Universe adventure. While Reynolds would surely love to come up with creative quips about Deadpool joining the MCU during filming, he legally cannot do so.
As reported by Collider, Deadpool 3‘s filming start comes amid the Writers Guild of America strike, which impacts the movie in a big way. Previously, Deadpool 3‘s reported filming start date was May 1. While that did not come to pass, perhaps due to Marvel Studios bringing in writer Zeb Wells to polish Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick’s script or the reported filming start date simply being wrong, Deadpool 3‘s start of filming hinders the movie in a big way.
How The WGA Strike Is Affecting Deadpool 3 Explained
The WGA is striking to demand better working conditions for writers in Hollywood. While the strike continues, a minimal amount of work can be done on scripts. According to the 2020 WGA agreement, producers and directors are allowed to make “casual minor adjustments in dialogue or narration made prior to or during the period of principal photography.” However, that does not apply to franchise star Reynolds.
As The Hollywood Reporter notes, under the 2023 WGA strike’s rules, as one of Deadpool 3‘s writers Reynolds is not allowed to make any changes to the film’s script while the strike is ongoing. As the actor is known for coming up with a lot of different types of jokes during filming, Deadpool 3 will have to do without that key aspect of its star, and the two previous movies of the franchise, for the time that the movie’s production operates amid the WGA strike.
This will not be the first time that Reynolds plays Wade Wilson amid a writer’s strike, as the actor, and Jackman as Wolverine, had to deal with an absence of writers due to another WGA strike while shooting 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine. While Reynolds revealed that he stepped up to create Deadpool’s dialogue, saying, “every line I have in the movie I just wrote myself,” the actor will not be able to do so again as one of Deadpool 3‘s writers. Reynolds’ improv as the character is a big part of the Deadpool movies, so it remains to be seen how much the situation will affect Deadpool 3.
Source: Collider & THR