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Deadpool 2 resumes production today, 48 hours after stuntwoman death

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Aug 16, 2017

Two days after a stuntwoman was tragically killed in a motorcycle crash on the film’s Vancouver set, Deadpool 2 is restarting production on Wednesday. TMZ reports star Ryan Reynolds led the cast and crew in a moment of silence before the cameras resumed rolling.

Joi “SJ” Harris, one of the first professional African-American female motorcycle racers, died after crashing into a plate-glass window at Shaw Tower on West Waterfront Road near Jack Poole Plaza. She was doubling the character Domino (Zazie Beetz). Officials are still working to determine exactly what went wrong, though witness reports note the bike seems to have sped up when it was supposed to slow down. Harris was reportedly not wearing a helmet, because the character did not wear one in the shot.

Deadline reports the stunt driver was apparently a late addition to the production, joining the film last Wednesday for the motorcycle stunt work. It was Harris’ first time working as a stuntwoman.

The X-Men spinoff will resume shooting today, after production was immediately shut down following the fatal accident on Monday. The Vancouver Police Department and WorkSafeBC are both investigating the crash. The cast and crew have also shared their condolences on Harris’ tragic passing.

Deadpool 2 is still scheduled to hit its June 1, 2018, release date.

(Via Deadline)