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After a long search, the Deadpool sequel has found its Cable. THR is reporting that the Josh BrolinÂ hasÂ beat out a shortlist of contenders for the opportunity to play alongside Ryan Reynolds. The followup production to 2016’s irreverent hit has been on the hunt for an actor to fill the role, but Brolin comes as a bit of a surprise.
Brolin also plays Thanos in Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe. Despite possible confusion, the Oscar-nominated actor beat out a coterie of thespians including Russell Crowe and Brad Pitt.
The Deadpool franchise stormed onto the Hollywood radar with over $363 million in total box office on a shoestring budget. ComicBook.com’s composite ranking currently has the sequel registered as the sixth most anticipated film on it’s calendar. Star Ryan Reynolds has been highly active in the search for an actor to pair with in the film. Brolin’s inclusion adds some heavyweight acting power to serve as the proverbial straight man to Reynolds’ signature brand of off-colorÂ comedy.
Cable is a character X-fans have long clamored for, but the calls for his cinematic debut have grown since the release of the first Deadpool film. The movie showed studios that a bloody, R-rated superhero film could succeed at the box office. The widespread success of Deadpool is at least partially credited with Fox’s decision to move forward on the bloody take on Wolverine in Logan.
Cable, also known as Nathan Summers (the son of a future Cyclops and Jean Grey) first debuted in the pages of The New Mutants in 1990. He was depicted as a time-travelling super-mutant sent from the future to help prevent an apocalypse. The co-creation of artist Rob Liefeld and Louise Simonson rapidly became one of Marvel’s most popular additions to the X-franchise. Liefeld is suspected of being involved in the guerrilla release of the early Deadpool test footage, which helped secure studio support for the film.
Deadpool 2 is slated to begin production in Vancouver, CA this June under director David Leitch (John Wick).
[SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER]