The bosses at Twentieth Century Fox are moving ahead with a film based on Marvel's famous comic book character Deadpool.
A spin-off to the X-Men franchise, Deadpool will be played by Ryan Reynolds who previously starred as the character's alter ego Wade Wilson in X-Men Origins: Wolverine back in 2009.
The film is set to be the feature-length debut of filmmaker Tim Miller.
Deadpool originally appeared as a villain in an issue of New Mutants and has since appeared in several ongoing Marvel comics. He is a disfigured, talkative mercenary, well-known among readers for his tendency to break the fourth wall.
The announcement of this release follows test footage which leaked online a few weeks ago, sparking rumors across social media.
Speaking to Niagara Falls Reviews, Reynolds suggested that the leak was to thank for Twentieth Century Fox's decision to release the film, saying, "The movie has been in a state of limbo for a while. There was such an overpowering reaction to the footage, you sort of feel like, 'Oh, so we weren't crazy for our reasons for loving this character, for loving this role.'
"It's neat that Twitter and Facebook and Instagram can move mountains when used in the right way."