Jennifer Garner Joining “Deadpool 3” Cast as Elektra Adds Yet More Star Power
If you’ve been keeping up on your Deadpool 3 news, you’re already well aware that the biggest casting announcement was Hugh Jackman reprising his role as Wolverine. The excitement over Jackman joining forces with longtime buddy/social media sparring partner Ryan Reynolds is such that it qualifies as a major scoop when we find out Wolverine will be donning his classic yellow super-suit, or, say, what Jackman’s meal plan was in order to bulk up to Wolverine’s fighting weight.
Yet Jackman is not the only star to sign on to director Shawn Levy’s eagerly-anticipated film, the first in the Deadpool franchise to officially fall under the official Marvel Studios banner. News recently broke that Jennifer Garner has signed on to reprise her role as Elektra—after a nearly 20-year hiatus after first playing the Marvel assassin in 20th Century Fox’s 2003 film Daredevil. In that film, Garner played Elektra Natchios, the highly-trained assassin who clashes with Ben Affleck’s titular superhero. Garner returned to the role two years later in the spinoff Elektra, the rare comic book movie at the time centered on a female character.
Garner’s return to the role suggests that Jackman wasn’t kidding when he teased a potential multiverse thread—or threads, we should say—that allowed his Wolverine to appear. There are no concrete details about the plot yet, of course, and considering how consistently the Deadpool franchise has played with both expectations and comic book conventions, with zero qualms about poking fun at itself along the way, there’s a chance Garner’s return comes about in a more screwball fashion.
Garner, Reynolds, and Levy also have a shorthand together—they just worked on Netflix’s sci-fi romp The Adam Project, with Levy directing the two stars. Garner joins a growing roster of talented performers, including The Crown‘s Emma Corrin, Succession‘s Matthew MacFayden, and returning franchise stalwarts Morena Baccarin as Deadpool’s dearly departed love interest Vanessa (perhaps back in flashback, perhaps back in the multiverse), Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Rob Delaney as Peter, Shioli Kutsuna as Yukio, Karan Soni as Dopinder, Lesslie Uggams as Blind Al, and Stefan Kapic voicing Colossus.
Rest assured that the above is not the complete cast list—considering that Deadpool is finally an official member of the Marvel family (something he’s been kvetching about since the original film), you can likely expect a few famous cameos. Remember, Deadpool 2 featured a blink-and-you’d-miss-him cameo by Brad Pitt.
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Featured image: The Adam Project (L to R) Ryan Reynolds as Big Adam and Jennifer Garner as Ellie. Cr. Doane Gregory/Netflix © 2022