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Gina Carano to star opposite Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool

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Former women's MMA superstar, Gina Carano has been cast as the mutant, Angel Dust in the upcoming 20th Century Fox movie, Deadpool.

Esther Lin

Former women's MMA featherweight title contender, Gina Carano has been cast in the movie adaptation of the popular Marvel comic, Deadpool. She will star as Angel Dust, a member of an underground mutant group called the Morlocks.

Carano will be joining Ryan Reynolds, who will reprise the role of Wade Wilson/Deadpool, the fast-talking mercenary he first played in the 2009 blockbuster, X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The 20th Century Fox production is expected out in theaters, February 12, 2016, as reported by Comicbook.com and will be directed by Tim Miller.

Before she heads off to that project, Gina will be starring opposite veteran action movie superstar, Bruce Willis in Extraction, which begins filming next week. The 32-year-old starlet is keeping a frenetic pace in Hollywood, having recently wrapped two other movies, Bus 657, starring Robert DeNiro, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kate Bosworth, and Kickboxer, starring Dave Bautista, as reported by the HollywoodReporter.

Just a few months ago, there were several reports of Zuffa and Bellator actively pursuing Carano for a return to MMA action via their respective promotions. UFC President, Dana White even stated in an interview that they were "close to signing a deal" with her, but that notion quickly fizzled out, with White later commenting that, 'She's the hardest f**king athlete we have ever dealt with.' For now, it looks like Hollywood has won the heart of WMMA's first superstar, and at the rate she's getting these prominent film roles, there's a very good chance we might never see her in active competition again.