Reynolds blockbuster. The first film was a risky bet, a project the studio had been mulling for years before finally pulling the trigger. But the R-rated movie soared to $783 million worldwide and a bonafide franchise was born.
Ryan Reynolds, the producers, and the studio have been working hard to ensure that it exceeds expectations. While director Tim Miller exited the sequel, they have John Wick co-director and David Leitch in the director’s chair.
The character of Cable has been up in the air for a while now, and today it is claimed that one of the most prolific stars in the world could be coming aboard: Brad Pitt. It seems that there was “interest on both sides” in getting the Hollywood A-lister on board. As of right now he’s moved on, but since this role is very much in flux there’s the possibility that things could change.
However, Collider’s source claims that “he’s moved on” from the project considering that he may already have been booked for the sequel of his self-produced film World War Z.
According to Movie Pilot, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick said that they will make an announcement about the casting “very soon.”
“We’re gonna go into production in the next couple of months and cast announcements will be coming fast and furious.”
But what are they really looking for in an actor to be able to play this character? According to Reese, the actor who will play Cable will serve as a balancing factor to the “Merc with a Mouth.”
“I think intimidating, scary, a great foil opposite the lunacy. Someone with a great deadpan thing where they can react to someone who’s being crazy. Someone who also has a spark of a sense of humour,” Reese explains.
“This person has to be funny because they’re buddying up with Ryan [Reynolds] and Deadpool so they just themselves to be funny but in a more serious way, if that makes sense. Physically imposing and able to emote. There’s real drama and real stakes. It’s a tough one.”
Comic book fans would know that Cable is a soldier, who suffers from a techno-organic virus, hailing from the future, and he’s also the adult son of X-Man Scott Summers, aka Cyclops.
Just this week a report surfaced that Michael Shannon is now the top choice to play Cable, and Stranger Things star David Harbour is also reportedly in the mix. It’s unclear when casting for this role will close and who it will ultimately be, but Leitch, Reynolds, and Fox certainly aren’t messing around here. Deadpool 2 is shaping up to be something special.