Yukio is portrayed by Japanese-Australian actress Shioli Kutsuna. As she told The Morning Show on the 7th (via Twitter), she was born in Australia but moved to Japan to continue acting after winning a competition: Prior to her American breakout role in ‘Deadpool 2’, she had dozens of acting credits in Japan. His first role was in the 2008 Japanese television series “Homeroom on the Beachside”, about an eccentric teacher at a private high school. After several other productions, in 2011 she landed the leading role of Ran Mori, the protagonist’s best friend in “Detective Conan: Shinichi Kudo’s Written Challenge!” The Mystery of the Legendary Strange Bird”, a live-action adaptation of the famous manga series.
Kutsuna’s fluency in Japanese and English allowed her to move on to Japanese-American productions (via The Japan Times). She starred with Jared Leto in “The Outsider,” a 2018 Netflix film, and a year later appeared in “Murder Mystery” with Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler, playing billionaire ex-fiancée Charles Cavendish (Luke Evans).
But by far, Kutsuna’s most prominent role has been as Yukio in the “Deadpool” franchise. According to her interview with Nerds of Color, she was cast after several rounds of auditions (and nerfs), and she added how excited she was to bring “necessary” LGBTQ+ representation to superhero movies, saying, “I’m so grateful to be part of this important and challenging movement for a film like this.”