'Deadpool 2' Looking at David Harbour of ‘Stranger Things’ for Cable
Long before Deadpool 2 was officially announced, there was speculation over who would play Cable in Deadpool 2, mostly because Deadpool name-dropped the mutant in a post-credits scene. But now David Harbour is the frontrunner to play Nathan Summers, better known by his alter-ego Cable, an inside source revealed to TheWrap.
The inside source also disclosed the rumor Fox has already screen-tested the New York native for Deadpool 2. This is the first leak to surface after the announcement of The Cabin in the Woods director Drew Goddard acting as a script consultant for the sequel.
Harbour rose to fame recently for his portrayal of Sheriff Jim Hopper in Stranger Things and his poignant SAG Awards acceptance speech for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (which co-star Winona Ryder helped popularize through her dynamic facial expressions).
Michael Shannon, who played General Zod in Man of Steel, was also reported to be in consideration for the role of Cable before he dropped out due to scheduling issues. And rumors swirled around actors like Russell Crowe and Pierce Brosnan, former James Bond, who was under speculation after meeting with star Ryan Reynolds (it didn't help that Brosnan looks a lot like Cable already). But this news seems to make a much stronger case for Harbour, so hopefully this debate will be put to rest soon.
Cable is a time traveling mutant created by artist Rob Liefeld and writer Louise Simonson in 1990. He has been in Marvel's mutant team X-Force. He is the resident badass with a bionic arm, cybernetic eye, and embedded technology that allows him to hack into computer systems. He is Cyclops' son and thought to come from the future – which makes sense given the advanced tools at his disposal.
The often-angry Cable would no doubt be quite different than the human teddy bear Sheriff Hopper, but that's a challenge Harbour could rise to meet. Deadpool 2 is slated to release sometime in 2018.