Exclusive: Leslie Uggams To Return In Deadpool 2Posted by Wilson Morales
April 19, 2019
With production set to start in a few months, Blackfilm.com has exclusively learned that Leslie Uggams will return to “Deadpool 2” and reprise her role as Blind Al, who was Wade Wilson/ Deadpool’s roommate in the first film. Ryan Reynolds is back as the wisecracking mercenary, with the story expanding to include other characters from Deadpool’s corner of Marvel’s X-Men universe.
At the afterparty for HBO’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, which stars Oprah Winfrey and features Uggams in a supportive role, I spoke to Ms. Uggams and asked if she will be returning to the sequel, and she replied, “Definitely.” Uggams is currently portraying Leah Walker, mother of Lucious Lyon (played by Terrence Howard) on Lee Daniels’ hit TV series Empire on Fox.
The Deadpool sequel, being directed by David Leitch (John Wick, Atomic Blonde) and written by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, is currently in pre-production and is expected to begin filming at the end of this spring. The film will introduce Deadpool’s time-traveling mutant partner, Cable (to be played by Josh Brolin), as well as X-Force member Domino, who is being portrayed by Atlanta actress Zazie Beetz.
Uggams, who is best known for her role as Kizzy in the groundbreaking ABC miniseries “Roots,” is also a veteran stage, TV actress. She had her own variety show called “The Leslie Uggams Show,” and won an 1983 Emmy Award for Outstanding Host or Hostess in a Variety Series (“Fantasy”). She’s appeared on numerous TV shows and starred in plenty of theater productions including winning the 1967 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in “Hallelujah, Baby!”. On the film side, she starred in the cult classic “Poor Pretty Eddie” and was featured in “Sugar Hill” opposite Wesley Snipes.