Josh Brolin has landed the role of Cable in Deadpool 2. He'll star in the sequel opposite Ryan Reynolds, who will reprise his role as Marvel's Merc with a Mouth, Wade Wilson, a.k.a. Deadpool.
Deadpool 2 has been searching high and low for the right actor to play Cable, a time-traveling mutant soldier from a post-apocalyptic future. Man of Steel actor Michael Shannon almost landed the role and Stranger Things star David Harbour was also on the shortlist. There were also unconfirmed rumors that 20th Century Fox was having conversations with Russell Crowe and Brad Pitt.
Brolin was reportedly a surprise final choice among those involved in the casting. This will be Brolin's second Marvel role. He also plays the big bad of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thanos the Mad Titan. His Cable deal is reportedly for four films.
David Leitch (John Wick) will direct the sequel, taking over for original Deadpool director Tim Miller. Fox is reportedly aiming for a June start of production in Vancouver.
Atlanta star Zazie Beetz has also been cast in Deadpool 2. She will play Domino, a mutant with probability manipulation abilities that endows her with improbably good luck. In the Marvel Comics Universe, Domino was a member of Cable's mercenary crew, Six Pack, and one of his early love interests.
Cable was co-created by Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld, along with Louise Simonson. He has often been paired with Deadpool as his grim, serious demeanor serves as the perfect foil to Deadpool's crude and zany humor. The duo headlined an ongoing comic book series, Cable & Deadpool, for 50 issues.
In the Marvel Comics Universe, Cable's real name is Nathan Christopher Summers and he is the son of Scott Summers, Cyclops of the X-Men. As an infant, Nathan was infected with a techno-organic virus for which no cure or treatment exists as of the present day. To save his son's life, Cyclops sent him into the future, where the boy learned to use his telekinetic mutant gifts to control the spread of the disease, though his left arm was consumed and now appears metallic. In the future, Cable battled the mutant tyrant Apocalypse and later traveled back in time to try to stop his desolate future timeline from ever coming into existence, forming the paramilitary mutant group known as X-Force along the way.
Brolin was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in the 2009 film Milk. Brolin's Thanos will finally arrive on Earth and step into the spotlight in Avengers: Infinity War, opening on May 4, 2018.
Deadpool 2 still does not have a firm release date.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter