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Ryan Reynolds Circling Mars Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Life’

Hot off the heels of “Deadpool’s” massive opening weekend, Ryan Reynolds may be trading his superhero costume for a space suit for what could be his follow-up project to the comic book pic.

Sources tell Variety that Reynolds is in talks to star opposite “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” actress Rebecca Ferguson in Skydance’s sci-fi thriller “Life.”

Daniel Espinosa is directing the film with David Ellison and Dana Goldberg producing, along with Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn. The project, an original idea, has a script by “Deadpool” duo Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese. The story follows the crew of the International Space Station as it retrieves a sample from Mars and discovers that it displays signs of life more intelligent than ever expected.

“Deadpool” blew away opening weekend expectations by hauling in $282.1 million worldwide, including $150 million domestically. It broke Valentines Day box office records set last year by another R-rated pic, “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

Reynolds had a strong slate of prestige pics in 2015 with “Woman in Gold” and “Mississippi Grind,” and can be seen next in “Criminal” alongside Kevin Costner. He is repped by WME.

Deadline Hollywood first reported the news.

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