'Deadpool' gets 'R' rating for violence, nudity

Ryan Reynolds will play Wade Wilson, aka Deadpool, in the movie.
By Annie Martin  |  Jan. 13, 2016 at 10:50 AM
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LOS ANGELES, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Deadpool starring Ryan Reynolds will indeed be rated "R."

The Motion Picture Association of America gave the coming Marvel standalone film its official rating this week, citing "strong violence and language throughout, sexual content and graphic nudity."

Deadpool producer Simon Kinberg and director Tim Miller had anticipated the rating in an interview with Entertainment Weekly in July, saying the movie will embrace the comic's violent and obscene content.

"Deadpool is a hard 'R,'" Kinberg said. "It's graphic. Nothing is taboo. You either commit to a truly outrageous, boundary-pushing kind of movie or you don't."

"I felt Fight Club and Tyler Durden were good corollaries," Miller added. "We are in strip clubs and dive bars and crappy apartments and far away from the shiny X-Men world."

Deadpool will follow the irreverent and unstable mercenary as he hunts down the man whose experiment left him disfigured but with powers. The movie opens Feb. 12, and shared a Valentine's Day promo with Reynolds and Morena Baccarin this week.

"I loved doing that," Reynolds said of the film to GQ in September. "That's sort of a dream come true for me. But again, he's funny and acerbic and a little bit of a head case. But he's also not trying to be liked. He's intentionally trying to annoy everyone."

Ryan Reynolds and Morena Baccarin promote "Deadpool." Photo by Deadpool/Twitter

Reynolds previously played Wade Wilson, aka Deadpool, in the 2009 movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Deadpool will co-star Baccarin as Vanessa, Ed Skrein as Ajax, T.J. Miller as Weasel, Gina Carano as Angel Dust and Stefan Kapicic as Colossus.

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