For nearly as long as there’s been talk of a Deadpool movie, Ryan Reynolds has been attached to star. The actor has a genuine love of the Marvel Comics antihero character, and he’s remained committed to the film for years despite 20th Century Fox’s continual refusal to delve into that kind of comic book movie territory. But Fox finally came around earlier this year, setting a February 2016 release date for the picture after Deadpool test footage “leaked” online to positive response. Reynolds provided the voice for the character in that footage, and now things are being made official as the actor is finalizing his deal to star in the film. More after the jump.