Karan Soni is excited, and so are his fans. The Indian American actor will reprise his role as Dopinder, a cab driver and a loyal friend to Ryan Reynold’s superhero avatar, in the second installment of “Deadpool 2.”
The 2016 superhero film, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, became both a financial and critical success. Soni was singled out for praise for his comic timing as Dopinder.
When Soni auditioned for the role, he had no clue that he was auditioning for “Deadpool,” he told Deccan Chronicle in 2016. “I auditioned for the movie in December 2014. It wasn’t called ‘Deadpool,’ it had some secret name. ‘Deadpool’s’ character was named George, so I didn’t know what the project was about. Three months later, after I had forgotten about it, I got a call confirming my role,” he was quoted as saying.
While some called the role stereotypical, Soni told the publication that “…I have never been cast as someone who speaks in Indian accent, so for me, playing Dopinder was different and I was really excited... and it was fun. But moving forward, if I get offered a role where I play another cab driver, I am not going to take that. That would be stereotyping.”
The action/adventure/comedy will arrive in theaters May 18. You can catch a glimpse of Soni in the just released trailer of the film. (Watch the trailer below)
The Los Angeles-based actor was born in Delhi and came to the U.S. as a student at the University of South California.
Soni, who recently picked up an endorsement deal with Diet Coke, is also preparing to star on TBS anthology comedy, “Miracle Workers.” (See India-West story here.)
The first season will feature Daniel Radcliffe as Craig, a low-level angel responsible for handling all of humanity’s prayers, and Steve Buscemi will play Craig’s boss, God, who has pretty much checked out to focus on his favorite hobbies, according to Deadline. To prevent Earth’s destruction, Craig must achieve his most impossible miracle to date.
Soni is set to play God’s right-hand man, who confers with God in weekly briefings, adds the Deadline report. A bit of a heavenly yes-man, he tries his best to handle the sometimes recalcitrant Deity, and he knows better than to argue about the big issues God has on his schedule — like blowing up Bill Maher and destroying the Earth.
Australian actress of Indian descent Geraldine Viswanathan also has a series regular role on “Miracle Workers.”
Watch the trailer of “Deadpool 2” here: