Hot off the heels of “Deadpool’s” massive opening weekend, Ryan Reynolds may be trading his superhero costume for a space suit for what could be his follow-up project to the comic book pic.
Sources tell Variety that Reynolds is in talks to star opposite “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” actress Rebecca Ferguson in Skydance’s sci-fi thriller “Life.”
Daniel Espinosa is directing the film with David Ellison and Dana Goldberg producing, along with Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn. The project, an original idea, has a script by “Deadpool” duo Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese. The story follows the crew of the International Space Station as it retrieves a sample from Mars and discovers that it displays signs of life more intelligent than ever expected.
“Deadpool” blew away opening weekend expectations by hauling in $282.1 million worldwide, including $150 million domestically. It broke Valentines Day box office records set last year by another R-rated pic, “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
Reynolds had a strong slate of prestige pics in 2015 with “Woman in Gold” and “Mississippi Grind,” and can be seen next in “Criminal” alongside Kevin Costner. He is repped by WME.