Leslie Uggams Cast As Blind Al In Deadpool

Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress and singer Leslie Uggams announced on her official website that she will be playing Blind AI in 20th Century Fox's Deadpool movie.

Blind Al is a UK intelligence agent and war hero who fought alongside Captain America (who will obviously be left out of her origin in Deadpool) during the war in Europe. Eventually, she becomes a bit of a troublemaker, and Deadpool is hired to take her out. He spares her and kills everyone else at the base where she's stationed instead, thus beginning an unusual kind of friend/mentor/hostage situation.

When a Deadpool casting call was leaked it described Blind AI as: "Worldly, great sense of comedic timing, sarcastic, dry, funny." If Deadpool is a hit, we should expect to see more of Blind AI as the role called for a 3-picture deal.

The 72-year-old actress is best known for her work in Hallelujah, Baby! and playing 'Kizzy Reynolds' in the highly-acclaimed TV mini-series Roots (1977).

Based upon Marvel Comics' most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

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