Gina Carano Joining Ryan Reynolds in ‘Deadpool’

The actress and MMA fighter will play Angel Dust, a character from the Marvel comic books

Fox’s Marvel comic book adaptation “Deadpool” has added Gina Carano to join star Ryan Reynolds, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Reynolds returns to the role of the sharp-tongued mercenary he first originated in Fox’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” while Carano will take up the role of Angel Dust, who in the comic books is a member of the Morlocks, a group of mutants who live under the ground.

VFX veteran Tim Miller will direct from a script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Lauren Shuler Donner is producing the film, which is scheduled for Feb. 12, 2016 release.

The character of Deadpool brings a sharp comedic edge that many of the more earnest superhero movies often lack. TJ Miller is on board for an additional comic-relief role, while “Transporter: Legacy’s” Ed Skrein has been linked to the film as villain.

Steven Soderbergh introduced Carano to film audiences when he cast her as the lead in his action-heavy “Haywire.” She’s since stuck to the action genre and also starred in films such as “In the Blood” and “Fast & Furious 6.”

She is represented by Gersh and The Syndicate.