After a rocky development, it looks like the Merc With a Mouth might be getting his own movie, with actor Ryan Reynolds all but confirmed for the part.

Deadpool is set to be made by Fox, which owns the rights to the X-Men film franchise. It stars Wade Wilson, aka Deadpool, an anti-hero mercenary who heals from any injury (including death), and who is famous for his wacky non-sequitors and tendency to break the fourth wall. 

As a character, Deadpool has an interesting theatrical history. Reynolds expressed interest in playing him as far back as 2003. He got his chance in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but fans were perplexed that Deadpool’s trademark humor was totally absent. Wade Wilson dies in that movie, with a hook implying he would come back as the immortal Deadpool.

Tom Rothman says the project seemed to lose executive interest for a while, but just like Deadpool himself, couldn’t be permanently killed. Reynolds remained attached, and leaked concept footage received fantastic approval. Despite the unpopularity of his first portrayal, fans and insiders alike (including Deadpool’s creator, Rob Liefeld) seem enthusiastic for Reynolds to take the role.

Finally, it seems to be happening. Reynolds has entered final negotiations with Fox, and fans were encouraged when he retweeted artwork depicting Deadpool’s iconic mask.

Deadpool will be directed by Tim Miller and be released February 12, 2016.

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