Josh Brolin Cast as Cable in ‘Deadpool 2’

Josh Brolin Cable Deadpool

Josh Brolin will play the key role of Cable opposite Ryan Reynolds in “Deadpool 2.”

Michael Shannon had been the frontrunner for the role, but the studio and Marvel have opted for Brolin, who has appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the villain Thanos.

An official release date for the sequel has not yet been announced. “John Wick” co-director David Leitch came on board to lead “Deadpool 2” last fall after Tim Miller dropped out due to creative differences with Reynolds. The superhero sequel also recently cast “Atlanta” breakout Zazie Beetz as the mutant mercenary Domino.

“Deadpool” gave Fox its biggest hit of 2016 after opening on Valentine’s Day to $782.6 million worldwide, supplanting “The Matrix Reloaded” to become the highest-grossing R-rated film in history.

Cable, a.k.a. Nathan Summers, was often paired with Deadpool in the Marvel comics — the characters even had their own 50-issue series. In the Marvel comics, he was transported as an infant to the future, where he grew into a warrior, before returning to the present.

Cable’s involvement goes all the way back to the first “Deadpool,” where the foul-mouthed mercenary himself teased that he’d be in the sequel during the film’s post-credits scene. In the “Deadpool” scene that was shown ahead of “Logan” in theaters, a message written on a phonebooth read, “Nathan Summers cumming [yes, that’s the correct spelling] soon!”

Brolin will be seen next in Lionsgate’s “Granite Mountain” and with Benicio del Toro in “Soldado,” the sequel to “Sicario.” He also appears in George Clooney’s  “Suburbicon” which opens Nov. 3. He is repped by CAA and Ziffren Brittenham.

Reynolds acknowleged the casting of Brolin in a humorous tweet on his Twitter account a few hours after the announcement:

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  1. Harley says:

    Lame. The absolute perfect choices would’ve been between Stephen Lang, Ron Perlman, or Dolph Lundgren. Lang was very interested in the role and would’ve KILLED it.

    Meh…whatever. I’ll still see it.

    • Connor says:

      Dolph Lundgren would have been the worst. He said he wanted the role because he saw how popular super heroes were and he wanted a piece of that popularity. Kind of a conceited douchebag in my book.

      I’ll take a comic loyalist like Lang or Perlman for sure but Brolin will be great. If you doubt it then check out the American remake of Old Boy. He will be an amazing Cable. I have no doubt.

  2. Spider says:

    I’m sure Brolin is bringing his A-game for this. I think he will play off Reynolds’ sarcasm very well!…. You got this, Brolin!

  3. Baron Munchausen says:

    Right, and Reynolds’ box office smash of The Green Lantern and of course his unforgettable Hannibal King don’t apply. Relax, Brolin is a quality actor. The formula is, flakes for the heroes, and Thespians for the villains.

  4. JD says:

    I’m kind of meh about Brolin playing too

  5. Timely Comment says:

    Glad to see Brolin cross the Hollywood street from acting as Thanos in DISNEY’s MCU to playing Cable in FOX’s X-Men Verse!

    Still keeping it in the MARVEL comics universe though with this new character— I guess he can commiserate with Ryan Reynolds of the bad experience playing a DC character (Jonah Hex) before latching on to better MARVEL one(s)…

    (Wonder if Reynolds’ Deadpool will crack a 4th-wall joke about this?)

  6. Lucky says:

    Not out of my mind over Brolin, but given his role in Inherent Vice I’d say he’s going to make an outstanding Cable.

  7. Cale Johnson says:

    I give a hearty “meh”. Not what I was hoping, but far from impressed. It also doesn’t impress me that Josh already plays Thanos in the Avengers series. So… yea, just “meh”.

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