Waaaaaaaaaaaaay back on December 7 we exclusively revealed to you that Deadpool would be appearing in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Now Aint It Cool is reporting that the character has an actor: Ryan Reynolds.

Deadpool, aka the Merc with a Mouth, is a later generation X-Men character who is beloved for his wisecracking. He got his start in the Weapon X program along with Wolverine. Reynolds has been talking about playing the character forever; along with The Flash Deadpool was the character to whom he had staked a claim. Now that Warner Bros seems to be casting an infant as The Flash in the will-it-ever-happen Justice League movie, Reynolds at least has his Marvel choice. Putting Reynolds in the film obviously sets the character up for a spin-off, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see that getting talked up in the months ahead.