Rumours have been circling for a while regarding who will play Cable, the Marvel character set to play a big part opposite Ryan Reynolds’ Merc with a Mouth in Deadpool 2.
Michael Shannon, Stranger Things actor David Harbour, Kyle Chandler, even Brad Pitt and Russell Crowe were at one point or another names rumoured for the part. Well, the speculation is over; the highly contested role has been taken by Josh Brolin, scoring his second big Marvel character following Thanos in the MCU.
THR broke the news, reporting that Brolin has taken the role and has signed a contract that will likely see him playing the mutant for four films over the next few years.
Reynolds confirmed the news with appropriate wit:
The fuck, Fox! You can't play 2 characters in the same universe!! Josh Brolin was in Sicario and I was in Sabrina The Teenage Witch. pic.twitter.com/AQCRp1aWKg
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) April 12, 2017
Cable was created by Deadpool co-creator Rob Liefeld and writer Louise Simonson. The character, also known as Nathan Summers, had his first full appearance in The New Mutants #87 (March 1990) and is the adult son of the X-Man Cyclops and Jean Grey’s clone Madelyne Pryor. His origin saw him being transported into the future as an infant and growing up to become a warrior, before returning to kick ass in the present.
Deadpool 2 will also see Atlanta actress Zazie Beetz playing another super-powered merc, Domino. Fox is also looking at a potential Deadpool-led X-Force movie, which will likely feature both Domino and Cable.
John Wick and Atomic Blonde director David Leitch is directing the highly anticipated sequel, set start shooting in Vancouver this coming June with a release expected in 2018.
Brolin, who also played DC character Jonah Hex in an ill-received 2010 picture, has a number of films on the horizon. He stars alongside Miles Teller and Jeff Bridges in the fire-fighting drama Granite Mountain (US: September 22), stars alongside Danny McBride in the comedy The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter (US: December 25), reprises his Sicario role alongside Benicio del Toro in the sequel Soldado, and will be back as Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War (US: May 4, 2018).