‘Silicon Valley’s Kumail Nanjiani and Thomas Middleditch Auditioned For ‘Deadpool’ Roles

Jul 30, 2016


I was just listening to an older episode of Kumail Nanjiani‘s podcast The Indoor Kids with his Silicon Valley co-stars Martin Starr and Thomas Middleditch. During the video game centric podcast, the group brought-up the fact that Kumail and Thomas had auditioned for different roles in Deadpool, but didn’t end up landing them.

“We’ve known we’re not going to be in it for three weeks.”

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Seemingly alluding to Silicon Valley and Ghostbusters actor Zach Woods also being involved, as they mention five actors from the show excluding Martin Starr auditioned.

I don’t remember anyone ever mentioning this, so I figured it was worth revealing the possible different casting choices.

It’s a cool what-if, as improv comedian Middleditch would have likely played Weasel and Kumail might have been looking at the role of the lovestruck taxi driver Dopinder. Weasel ended-up being played by their friend and fellow co-star TJ Miller, so obviously Tim Miller and Ryan Reynolds are fans of Silicon Valley. Dopinder was played by Karan Soni, who had a small role as Bennie in Sony’s  Ghostbusters reboot.

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Funny enough, Thomas Middleditch has worked with Professor Xavier’s Patrick Stewart for The Improvised Shakespeare Company, and the pair also did a cool special for Variety called Actors on Actors.

76226-large-299718Martin Starr didn’t audition with the fellas, but recently joined the cast of Spider-Man: Homecoming. Seeing the rest of them in other Marvel projects Fox or Marvel Studios could happen.

Who knows, they possibly might be asked to play new roles in Deadpool 2.

I’d personally like too see Thomas Middleditch play Wade’s comedic mercenary cohort Bob, if the role gets a bigger expansion in the sequel as he was played by stuntman Rob Hayter and we’d hope to see an actor recast in the part if he’s allowed to return at all.


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