‘Deadpool 2’ Finally Finds its Cable in Oscar-Nominated Josh Brolin
The long awaited casting of Cable for the coming Deadpool sequel has finally been announced: the take-no-prisoners time traveler will be played by Josh Brolin of Avengers: Infinity War.
For a while there it looked like Cable would be played by Pierce Brosnan, then it was David Harbour of Stranger Things, next Man of Steel's Michael Shannon seemed to have it all but booked. But in a twist ending that no one saw coming, Brolin takes it home. The popular actor is best known for his title role in George W. Bush, Oscar-nominated role in Milk, and parts in No Country for Old Men, True Grit, Sicario, and Hail, Caesar!
In a bit of franchise-mixing, Brolin is also playing Thanos over in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, having appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy and reprised his role in the Avengers: Age of Ultron snippet that was shown during credits (he'll play a major role in next year's Avengers: Infinity War). Not passing up a chance to make fun of this, Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds came out of his three week Twitter hibernation to joke about the announcement, addressing the hoopla over Brolin playing two different Marvel characters. You can probably expect Deadpool 2 to include some jokes about it as well.
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
In case you need a refresher, Cable is a tough-as-nails leader with a bionic arm and computerized eye who is used to having his orders followed closely. He's an all-business kind of guy, in stark contrast to Deadpool, which makes them a perfect pair. He's also the adult son of Cyclops who traveled here from the future, because X-Men comics can get complicated like that.
Overall, we're pretty happy with this casting - although he doesn't fit the physical description of Cable quite like Stephen Lang or Brosnan, Brolin definitely looks more like a technologically enhanced solider than Michael Shannon, and movies like Sicario show he can handle playing the ruthless military types.
And the fact he's already been playing Thanos just means he has superhero movie experience, which should definitely serve him well as he joins Reynolds and Atlanta's Zazie Beetz for Deadpool 2, directed by David Leitch (John Wick). As well as a few more films, as sources told The Hollywood Reporter that he signed on for four movies in the Marvel Universe.
Deadpool 2 will hit theaters in 2018.