In a rather sad piece of news, we’ve come to know that production of Deadpool 2 has been shut down after an accident took place during the process of filming one scene that involved professional racer Joi “SJ” Harris, who was working as a stunt-woman for the first time, in which, sadly, Harris was pronounced deceased.
The accident took place during a scene where Harris was acting as a double for Zazie Beetz’s Domino and the motorcycle she was driving crashed through the glass of a ground-floor studio around Shaw Tower, in Vancouver.
Following the accident, Deadpool 2 star Ryan Reynolds took to Twitter to leave a heartfelt message about the passing of Harris.
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) August 14, 2017
At the same time, film director, David Leitch released the following statement:
I’m deeply saddened by the loss of one of our stunt performers today. No words can express how I and the rest of the Deadpool 2 crew feel about this tragedy. Our thoughts are with her family, friends and loved ones in this difficult time.
20th Century FOX also released an official statement about the incident:
We are deeply saddened by the accident that occurred on the set of Deadpool 2 this morning. Our hearts and prayers are with the family, friends, and colleagues of our crew member during this difficult time.
Vancouver Police are investigating the accident and will release information as soon as they can. In the meantime, production for this movie will be put on hold, with the cast and crew waiting for it to receive green light from the authorities to go back to filming.
Deadpool 2 is set to premiere in theaters on June 1, 2018.