Production resumed on Deadpool 2 in Vancouver today after being halted when a stuntperson died on set on August 14.
Stunt driver Joi “SJ” Harris was performing a motorcycle stunt around 8 a.m. near Jack Poole Plaza in Coal Harbour. According to reports, witnesses say she lost control of the bike, jumped the curb, and crashed through a plate-glass window of Shaw Tower.
The 40-year-old professional motorcycle racer died at the scene. B.C. Coroners Service and WorkSafeBC are conducting an investigation.
Deadline Hollywood reported that Harris was not wearing a helmet when the accident happened because the character she was portraying, Domino (played by Zazie Beetz), does not wear one. Also, although she was an experienced road racer, this was her first time to perform a film stunt.
Production had been shut down after the fatality, with no word on when it would resume.
Today (August 16), production began again on the film with a scene being filmed underneath the Granville Bridge on the north side of False Creek.
Ryan Reynolds was on set in the Deadpool suit, surrounded by overturned and damaged vehicles for the scene.
Reynolds had previously expressed his devastation over Harris’ death, and reports state that he was seen leading the cast and crew in a moment of silence before filming began on set today.
Today, Beetz also posted a statement on social media expressing her shock and condolences about the accident.
The accident on August 14 occurred one day after another fatal accident happened in the area. On August 13, a bus failed to brake, crashing into an SUV and hitting passengers standing nearby. A 15-year-old girl, a 70-year-old woman, and an elderly man were all injured while a 49-year-old man died in the accident. All four people were family members visiting from Massachusetts.