Michael Shannon Frontrunner to Play Cable in ‘Deadpool 2’

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Michael Shannon is the frontrunner to play Cable in “Deadpool 2.”

While no deal is yet in place, Shannon has been the top choice for about a week. Fox, the studio handling the film, had no comment on the news.

An official release date for Ryan Reynolds’ sequel has not yet been announced. “John Wick” co-director David Leitch came on board to direct “Deadpool 2” last fall after Tim Miller dropped out due to creative differences with Reynolds.


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The superhero sequel also recently cast “Atlanta” breakout Zazie Beetz as mutant mercenary Domino. Fox had announced at CinemaCon in April that Reynolds would be back, as well as Miller. “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.

The casting of Cable, a.k.a. Nathan Summers, was one that had captivated fans’ attention. Cable and Deadpool were often paired together (albeit reluctantly) in the Marvel comics, and even had their own 50-issue series.

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 recent “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!”


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Most of the creative team had been set to return for “Deadpool 2,” with Fox Film chief Stacey Snider also confirming at CinemaCon that screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick would be back to handle script duties.

Shannon is one of Hollywood’s most versatile actors, with credits on “Man of Steel,” “Mud,” “Take Shelter,” “Frank & Lola,” “Machine Gun Preacher,” “The Iceman” and the recently completed Afghan war drama “Horse Soldiers.” He’s received Academy Award nominations for best supporting actor for “Revolutionary Road” and “Nocturnal Animals.”

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  1. Oscar says:

    he looks noyhing like cable!

  2. Ryan Smith says:

    None of you read the other’s posts did you. Brad would work if they were doing Nate Gary; the younger version of Cable before the war.
    Lang may have been Cable if Avatar floped. As it is Lang seems to have his future taken up by the sequel of that film.
    As for Shannon’s Zod; the guy is dead. Doomsday if he is still alive can now be computer generated. So the main difficulty seems to be height. In the comics Cable is 6’0. Reynoldsis what 5’8? So go for someone 6’2. And honestly, white hair and the withered look of battle are the only things that make him appear old.

  3. Andreescu says:

    My money is on Dolph Lundgren as he has demonstrated to be able to play gritty and harsh characters his whole life, he might not be an ace like Brad Pitt but he has a great acting experience and history behind. He also looks like him and was mentioned at the end of the movie. I am aware that he will have to put a lot of effort into this if he wants to make it good.
    Stephen Lang will not be able to play Cable even if he wanted to. He already stated that Avatar franchise is going to consume all of his time. The same goes for Brad Pitt with World War Z. Kevin Nash is as good as John Cena. Michael Shannon is now part of the DC and he should stay there for quite some time; also he is only 2 cm taller than Ryan Reynolds.

  4. Vasquez1992 says:

    Besides from looking absolutley nothing like Cable. He’s perfect. smh

  5. I’m still holding out for Howie Long (^_~) If he still looks good & is in good shape, why not?

  6. Lucky says:

    Well you can’t find a better actor, and they must be deciding based on screen tests with Zazie Beetz and more importantly Reynolds so I’m gonna give them the benefit of the doubt if this pans out.

  7. Patrick says:

    Nope!!!!! Totally wrong Choice!!!! Did you not see Stephen Lang in Avatar!!! He is a dead ringer to play cable!!! Ripped old man with grey hair and was in Don’t Breathe. Would be my only choice

    • Todd says:

      I agree. Stephen Lang is perfect for Cable. I like Shannon and believe he’d do a great job, but Lang has the better look. They may think Lang is too old though. Cable is older so he could work. Avatar was over 10 years ago. He was perfect at that time.

      • dev1359 says:

        Avatar was 7 years ago, not over 10 years ago.

      • jedi77 says:

        Lang was a good choice, if a bit obvious.
        But he isn’t as good an actor as Shannon. And if Fox wants Cable in other films later on, he’s simply too old. They need to cast a younger man, if they expect sequels.

  8. Lex says:

    A guy raised in the future and the son of Cyclops and a clone of Jean Grey he married despite the fact that she looked just like his ‘dead’ girlfriend. You have to love the X-Men comics.

    • Jacen says:

      And with a tiny head compared to the rest of his body because Hackfeld couldn’t draw worth beans. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the X-Men comics are loaded with absurdities, Cable and continuity being among them. So anyone complaining about the movies should do a rethink and give them praise for carrying over the comics’ goofiness in that regard.

      Still, Michael Shannon is a good selection. I would be curious to see what Mr. Shannon brings to the role (and here’s hoping it is well written enough to be worth his time and ours).

      • If it’s a comedic dynamic part with as much meaning behind his portrayal as his role for Zod was, his fame will definitely sky rocket to biblical heights if he takes this role cause Cable is probably one of the most controversially written characters in comics. I think he might take it cause 1, Cable is similar in methods and ideals as Shannon’s previous comic book role, 2, he’s a straight up antihero with insane abilities, and 3, Shannon could be signing off on various projects involving the character (hopefully all of them being worth his time like ye said).

  9. Cass says:

    Please happen. Great choice.

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