‘Atlanta’ Star Zazie Beetz Has Been Cast to Play Domino in ‘Deadpool 2’

Zazie Beetz

Zazie Beetz

“Atlanta” co-star Zazie Beetz has been cast to play Domino in “Deadpool 2,” a sequel to the 2016 superhero movie box office smash.

Star Ryan Reynolds made the announcement in a tweet that spelled out the actress’ name with dominoes. See the tweet below.

According to the Marvel wiki, Domino (a.k.a Neena Thurman) is best known as a member of the X-Men offshoot X-Force. In addition to her exceptional marksmanship and hand-to-hand skills, Domino possesses mutant probability-altering powers. She often uses her skills as a mercenary, but has also been the partner, confidante, and lover of the superhero Cable, a lieutenant in his militant group X-Force, and a member of the X-Men.

Beetz is best known for her role as Van in FX’s critically acclaimed “Atlanta,” playing Donald Glover’s best friend and mother of his child. In 2016 she also appeared in the Netflix anthology series “Easy.”

Fox’s “Deadpool 2” is set for release in 2018.

An image of Domino below…

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17 Comments

    • Are bi-racial people no longer accepted as Black? I don’t see what the issue is.

      • They are bi-racial. Her father is German. There is no balance. How does she beat out Kerry and Janelle for the role? If the role is not set in the deepest darkest part of Africa, brown women cannot get cast.

        • With that beautiful afro, no one is mistaking her for anything other than Black, regardless of who her parents are. I don’t see how hating on bi-racial women advances “Black” women.

    • Angela Bassett had gotten the role of Storm but turned it down. So they gave the role to Halle Berry and she accepted. If Angela had taken the role, Storm would have gotten her standalone film by now.

      • You all always mention that one. That is your go to. Let me go down my list just in the last few years.

        Halle Berry (Storm)
        Alexandra Shipp (Storm)
        Zendaya (Spiderman Homecoming (part still unknown)
        Laura Harrier (Spiderman Homecoming)
        Tessa Thompson (Thor)
        Kiersey Clemons (The Flash)
        Zazie Beetz (Deadpool)
        Gugu Mbatha (A wrinkle in Time)
        Storm Reid (A Wrinkle in Time)
        Zoe Saldana (Star Trek/Guardians of the Galaxy)

        On TV the two women that have been chosen to play Vixen are both bi-racial. Rosario Dawson is playing Claire Temple who is supposed to be a natural hair sista but somehow became a mixed raced Latina for TV. I can name about 10 more TV examples but I am tired because colorism is such a taboo topic that no one wants to address it. It disproportionately affects Black actresses. I know this blog will never address the issue but I wish they would have the guts.

        Here is an article that might help you. http://affinitymagazine.us/2016/08/20/our-diversity-isnt-looking-very-diverse/

        • It’s not my go to. What I was trying to say is that Halle set the trend in Hollywood for superheroes! If Angela had taken the role as Storm, darker skin black actresses would be playing the superhero roles! That’s how Hollywood works!

          Also, I think Hollywood selects these women because they know that they would never get their own spin off film! Another thing is these women with the exception Tessa Thompson aren’t going to be getting lead roles 10 years from now. These roles are forgetful garbage roles that really don’t do anything for these women’s career. If darker skin actresses want to be in these stupid roles and they get it, they shouldn’t complain when they do not get serious roles. Again that’s how Hollywood works. Don’t forget that Ava Duvernay chose both biracial actresses. I mentioned that a darker skin actress should one of the leads and Oprah doesn’t qualify!

          FYI Most successful black actresses have tolled in the industry for many years until they get their big breakout role. Remember a successful acting career is not a sprint, it’s a marathon! Black actresses not getting these stupid roles, should look at getting into TV or theater. After being established on TV or in theater, they should make their move into films! Where there is a will, there is usually a way!

        • Angela said in an article that she was offered the role of Storm before Halle did.

    • lol. I looked her up after the first few episodes of Atlanta. German born American. Trained in the US (Harlem!). Doesn’t really fit in the Black Brit discussion. And for a biracial girl she looks more like a light-skinned black girl than mixed [yes, there is a difference.]

  1. I liked her role in the Netflix show, ‘Easy’. If the cast of ‘Atlanta’ keeps getting good movie work, the show won’t have a 3rd season.

  2. Another thing I want to address. Some folks had already mentioned it earlier on previous threads. Whenever TV reporters, magazines or entertainment shows asked darker skin black actresses who in Hollywood they think is beautiful/pretty, these low self esteem actresses never say Lupita Nyong’o, Gabrielle Union, Kenya Moore, Viola Davis, Aisha Hinds, Lauryn Hill or Cicely Tyson. They will pick biracial actresses like Halle Berry, Lisa Bonet, Cassi Ventura or man face Paula Patton as their standard of beauty. However, these biracial actresses would never pick a darker skin actress as a standard of beauty. They will pick a biracial like themselves or white/other actress. If darker skin black actresses want to be consider for the pretty roles, they themselves have to consider themselves as pretty/beautiful first before they can be accepted as that!
    Now if you asked black male actors who they consider as handsome most of the dark skin actors will say Denzel Washington or Idris Elba. They know that when they said Denzel or Idris, it puts the dark skin black male as beautiful.

  3. The two young women who are going to play lighting and thunder on the CW tv show Black Lighting are NOT biracial. Also, the Black actress and w the exception of Halle are not biracial either. Viola, Octavia, Kerry, Taraji , Lupita are not biracial.

  4. Lets not distract and play the bi-racial people get picked on card. Viola, Angela, Jonae and other older seasoned actresses should not be compared to new, young talent. Also, Let’s not compare shows like “power”, the new cw super hero, survivors remorse etc shows —-with mostly black women creators —with the big blockbuster films that yes —they practice colorism. If a tv show cast all blondes and brunettes would that not be a pattern to point out? This is a pattern for lead roles. It might make you feel uncomfortable but you can also turn on hip hop and rap videos and see black men creators are also very guilty of this subconscious racism.

  5. Sorry, but I just don’t by colorism in Hollywood. I just don’t! While, I agree that it exist in the Black community; there just isn’t the evidence that it exist in Hollywood. There are many black women and black dark skin women whom have done better in Hollywood than Asian, Hispanic women and men, as well as other minorities women and men who aren’t Black. 24 Legacy stars a dark skin Black woman, and it is not run by a Black woman show runner. Saying that there aren’t in Blockbuster roles is not enough evidence to say colorism exist in Hollywood when those roles aren’t going to Asian, Hispanic, Indian, etc. who are generally fairer skin!

  6. I also forgot to add Naomie Harris bond girl who is a brown skin woman in a Blockbuster movie

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