Today it has been confirmed that Josh Brolin has landed the role of another iconic Marvel character. He is set to portray the mutant Cable, in the upcoming Deadpool sequel, produced by 20th Century Fox.
After the lengthy rumblings and rumours of potential actors that were considered (including Stephen Lang and Brad Pitt), Fox have finally found their man to star opposite Ryan Reynolds (Wade Wilson/Deadpool), when filming gets underway this June.
Many will find this a surprise, as Michael Shannon was considered the frontrunner to be cast as Cable. Not to mention that Brolin already has a huge part in Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe, as franchise big bad Thanos. However, it’s not the first time that performers have jumped ship from time to time.
The original Deadpool movie, released in 2016, made over $780 million at the box office from a modest $58 million budget – becoming the highest grossing R-Rated movie in history. So it’s no shock that the studio wanted to get the ball rolling for a follow up.
Cable, aka Nathaniel Summers (son of Scott Summers and Jean Grey clone – Madelyne Pryor) first appeared as an infant in ‘Uncanny X-Men’ #201 in 1986. But didn’t appear in his adult form until 1990 in ‘The New Mutants’ #87. As a child, Nathaniel was transported to the future, before returning to the past as the gun-toting, cybernetically enhanced telepath he is known as to most comic fans.
Due for release in 2018, Deadpool 2 will also feature returning stars Brianna Hildebrand and Monica Baccarin. Joined by newcomer Zazie Beetz as Domino. David Leitch (John Wick 2, Atomic Blonde) steps into the directing chair, vacated by Tim Miller.