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    Wolverine's Ryan Reynolds Dives In for Deadpool Spinoff

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    It's official: The mutants are taking over Hollywood. And we're not talking about the freaks running the studios.

    Following the monster weekend for X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and a day after announcing that a Hugh Jackman-powered sequel is in the works, 20th Century Fox has confirmed to E! News that Jackman's costar Ryan Reynolds will be given his own spinoff and potential franchise-launcher as the Marvel Comics antihero Deadpool.

    The 32-year-old Canadian actor, otherwise known as Mr. Scarlett Johansson, will again star as Wade Wilson, a wisecracking, cancer-stricken mercenary who's cured of the disease after undergoing the same Weapon X genetic alteration as Wolverine.

    But along with superhuman powers, enhanced strength and self-regenerating healing powers, the slightly unhinged Deadpool can absorb the abilities of dead and captured mutants.

    Aside from Deadpool and the Wolverine sequel, Fox is also working on an X-Men spinoff focusing on Ian McKellen's villainous Magneto and another dubbed X-Men: First Class, which is being written by The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz.

    Meanwhile, in other casting news:

    According to Variety, Will Ferrell is in negotiations to headline Neighborhood Watch, a comedy about a city guy who moves to the suburbs and stumbles upon a mammoth conspiracy. David Dobkin (The Wedding Crashers, Fred Claus) is in talks to helm.
    Rachel Weisz has climbed aboard the indie political drama The Whistleblower. Inspired by a true story, the film chronicles a female police officer from Nebraska serving as a peacekeeper in postwar Bosnia, who discovers a U.N. cover-up of a sex-trafficking scandal.
    Tom Hanks, who starred in Saving Private Ryan and produced Band of Brothers, wil serve as narrator and adviser of a 35-minute documentary that will debut this November as part of a $300 million expansion of the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.
    NBC has signed The Office's Mindy Kaling to a two-year, seven-figure deal that will see the writer-producer-star continue her role as chatty Kelly Kapoor on the hit sitcom, while developing another comedic vehicle that she would also headline.
    Peter Dinklage is reuniting with The Station Agent director Tom McCarthy for the HBO fantasy pilot Game of Thrones, described as an epic battle for power set in a vast and violent kingdom. Dinklage will play the outcast brother of the queen.

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