Ryan Reynolds has promised that 'Deadpool 2' director David Leitch will make the movie look as though it has been made with the same millions as a blockbuster.

The 40-year-old actor is reprising his role as the wise-cracking mercenary Wade Wilson in the sequel to the first superhero role, which went on to gross $782 million worldwide.

Although Deadpool originated in Marvel comics the movie is not part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, instead it is distributed by 20th Century Fox and so the budget is less, but Reynolds says one of the reasons why Leitch was chosen to replace Tim Miller - who quit the franchise over ''creative differences'' - is his ability to make the most out of less cash.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Reynolds said: ''One of the things that David Leitch does that very few filmmakers can do these days is they can make a movie on an ultra-tight minimal budget look like it was shot for 10-15 times what it cost.

''Everybody was just a fan of his work. He's just a guy who's so muscular with his action. He also really understands those Deadpool sensibilities and where we need to take the franchise from here. And I love [his movie] 'John Wick'.''

Reynolds has nothing but respect for Miller for his work on the first film and his contribution to making it such a huge success.

He said: ''There is not a human being on earth that worked harder on 'Deadpool' than Tim. He's an incredibly, incredibly talented director.''

Reynolds also confirmed that the sequel is just in the ''development stage'' and they are currently casting for someone to portray Cable - the time-travelling son of Cyclops and Madelyne Pryor (a clone of Jean Grey) and actress to portray telekinetic female mercenary Domino

'Deadpool 2' is expected to be released on January 2018.