Production for the sequel restarted Wednesday morning, despite the sudden and tragic death of Harris, who passed while filming a motorcycle stunt as Zazie Beetz's double.
'I know that what I feel is nothing compared to what her loved ones, friends + family, are feeling. "She didn't have the experience or skills for the job they brought her in for". "The cast and crew send peace, healing, and their deepest condolences", she concluded her message.
In interviews with The Hollywood Reporter, several stunt performers and film industry veterans have expressed concern over Harris's inexperience as a stuntperson and her qualifications for the shot in question, which, according to reports, required her to complete a left-hand turn on a Ducati motorcycle. Her cause of death and exactly what went wrong are still under investigation.
Deadpool 2's Zazie Beetz Mourns Loss of Her Stunt Double Joi 'SJ' Harris
The 40-year-old NY resident described herself on her website as the "first licensed African-American woman in US history to actively compete in (American Motorcyclist Association) sanctioned, motorcycle road racing events".
Production of "Deadpool 2" by Fox kicked up again this Wednesday, August 16, after a brief halt in the wake of the death of a female stunt motorcycle rider while filming an action sequence. She's thought to be the double for Beetz's character, Domino. "Deadpool 2" is expected to hit theaters on June 1, 2018.
"Today, we tragically lost a member of our crew while filming Deadpool", he tweeted after the accident. "We're heartbroken, shocked and devastated... but recognize nothing can come close to the grief and inexplicable pain her family and loved ones must feel in this moment".
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