A rookie stunt driver was killed in a motorcycle accident that happened in Vancouver during a Deadpool 2 set and has been identified as the first African-American female professional road racer.
Joi “SJ” Harris was doing her first film as a stunt performer when she suffered a fatal crash on the set leading to her death. A spokesman for ACTRA confirmed her identity to Deadline, though she is not a member of the Canadian actors union.
According to witness reports, during the filming of the stunt, Harris lost control of her motorcycle and crashed through a plate glass window at Shaw Tower on West Waterfront Road near Jack Poole Plaza.
Harris was playing the Domino character in the sequence in the Ryan Reynolds superhero sequel. Actress Zazie Beetz is playing Domino in Deadpool 2. Reynolds tweeted a photo of Beetz in character two weeks ago.
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A source close to the situation said Harris, who was an experienced road racer, had been rehearsing the stunt all day Saturday. A studio production source said that there were “two full days of rehearsals over the weekend, and on Monday, they ran the stunt five-plus times before filming.”
The Deadpool 2 movie production was shut down immediately after the fatality, and there’s no word on when filming will resume.
According to her online bio, Harris began motorcycle riding in Brooklyn and in 2013 — after logging more than 1,500 training hours — became the first African American woman licensed to actively compete in American Motorcyclist Association races.
Our sympathies go out the talented stunt driver’s family for their loss. Reynolds said he was “devastated” by Harris’ death. Producer Simon Kinberg had no comment when contacted by Deadline.
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