Now that he’s had his revenge against Francis, Deadpool is going to have to take on a whole new villain for his cinematic sequel next year. According to Deadline, Jack Kesy (The Strain) has been cast as a major villain in Deadpool 2 and reportedly the villain he is playing is the X-Men foe Black Tom.
In the comics Black Tom Cassidy, a.k.a. Tom Cassidy, is the cousin of X-Men member Sean Cassidy/Banshee and has long been a foe of the mutant super team, many times as a team with Professor Xavier’s half-brother Juggernaut. His ability allows him to create concussive blasts that is usually focused through wood, generally a wooden shillelagh.
At one point he had a secondary mutation that turned him into an actual wood/plant creature who could fully control other plants. Black Tom was a character that appeared less and less over the years, but recently made a big return in X-Men Blue #01 which was part of Marvel Comic’s big X-Men relaunch.
Kesy joins a cast that includes the returning Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, Morena Baccarin as Vanessa, T.J. Miller as Weasel, Leslie Uggams as Blind Al, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Stefan Kapacic as Colossus as well as newcomers Zazie Beetz as Domino and Josh Brolin as Cable.
With new director David Leitch attached, Deadpool 2 is set to open on June 1, 2018.