Ed Skrein (Game of Thrones, The Tunnel, The Transporter Refueled) has announced on Twitter that he will be playing the role of Ajax in the upcoming Deadpool movie.
Ajax first appeared in Deadpool #14 (March, 1998), and was created by Joe Kelly and Walter McDaniel.
The man known only as Francis was the former enforcer at Dr. Killebrew’s laboratory, known as the Workshop, part of the Hospice for failed supersoldiers at the Weapon X Project. Francis acted as the strongarm for Killebrew, reigning in the project’s “washouts” that were fodder for Killebrew’s sadistic experiments whenever they stepped out of line. This included Wade Wilson, who would later be known as the mercenary Deadpool.
Having had his nerves removed by Killebrew for better pain management, he would later have enhanced strength and intuitive capability, as well as receiving subcutaneous implants for super-speed and agility.
After endless taunting from Wilson, Francis was given permission by Killebrew to kill him, who had orchestrated events so that Wilson would mercy kill one of the other inmates, which was against the rules. After removing his heart Wilson’s healing factor first manifested itself, regenerating the mercenary a new heart but also costing him his sanity in the process. Taking the codename Deadpool, he hunted down and seemingly killed Francis.
Revealed to have survived, he resurfaced years later, using the codename of Ajax, where he hunted down and killed many of the surviving members from the Weapon X project in order to exact his revenge on Deadpool. After torturing Killebrew at his mountain home in the Alps to obtain Wade’s teleporter frequency, Ajax teleported Wade next to a nearby cliff and sucker-punched him, sending Deadpool to his supposed death.
In a near death experience, however, it was revealed that because Wade came back from the dead once to kill Francis, he was now bound by honor and destiny to finish the job he began those many years ago, urged by the ghosts of Francis’ victims who had also been Wilson’s friends. The battle continued as Deadpool rescued Killebrew and sought shelter at Killebrew’s neighbor’s house. This was owned by Ilaney Bruckner who was reluctantly dragged into the conflict when Deadpool destroyed the house to slow down Ajax.
Ajax caught up with the trio and proceeded to punch Deadpool repeatedly at super-speed. Before he could kill Deadpool, however, Killebrew doused him with gasoline and lit up a flare, destroying Ajax’s head and neck protection. For doing this, Killebrew was shredded at super speed.
Once again catching up with the fleeing Deadpool, Ajax fell victim to a trap laid by his intended victim which resulted in his armor’s circuitry being exposed. Taking advantage of this, Deadpool arranged for Ajax to plunge both of them into a lake, short-circuiting his armor and giving Deadpool the opportunity to kill him, which he did by snapping his neck. Ajax “re-appeared” years later in one of Deadpool’s nightmares, more specifically on a television set.