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X-Men star responds to surprise Deadpool 3 return

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X-Men star Aaron Stanford has responded to his surprise Deadpool 3 return.

The actor will reprise his role of Pyro in the upcoming threequel. His appearance was teased in the movie's first trailer during the Super Bowl on Sunday (February 11).

Speaking to Deadline ahead of his return as the character, Stanford revealed how excited he was to become the mutant once again.

"I'm very excited to be revisiting this role, and couldn't think of a better place for Pyro's resurrection then the Deadpool universe," he said.

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The actor notably appeared as Pyro in the 2003 film X2, before returning for X-Men: The Last Stand in 2006.

The character is known for his fire-wielding powers, as well as his longstanding association with Ian McKellen's Magneto.

Deadpool 3 will see Pyro reunite with Hugh Jackman's Wolverine, who stars opposite Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson, aka Deadpool. The film marks Jackman's first appearance as Wolverine since 2017's Logan.

The threequel will also see the returns of Morena Baccarin as Vanessa and Karan Soni as Dopinder, among others. Jennifer Garner is rumoured to reprise her role of Elektra, while Emma Corrin is set to play a new villain.

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Details of the film's plot have remained firmly under wraps, with Reynolds recently releasing a statement that called for set leaks to be held back. "Surprises are part of the magic of theatrical movies," he wrote.

"The film is built for audience joy — and our highest hope is to preserve as much of that magic as possible for the finished film and the big screen. Part of the reason people post spoilers is because they're excited," he added.

"I realise these aren't real-world issues and it's firmly in the 'good problems' bucket. I love making this movie."

Deadpool & Wolverine is released in UK cinemas on July 25 and in US cinemas on July 26.

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