The Merc with a Mouth is returning to the big screen next year, and he's bringing a powerful friend along for the ride: Cable. The casting of Cable for #Deadpool2 has been a wild ride. For the past few months, several interesting names have popped up but no one has been confirmed so far.
Just recently, the film's writers, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, revealed that the much-awaited announcement was coming our way soon, stating:
"An announcement will be coming very soon. We're gonna go into production in the next couple of months and cast announcements will be coming fast and furious."
That might have been an indication of the rollercoaster ride that's been this casting process coming to an end. But buckle up, because the train keeps going: Two more actors have joined the list of candidates for the time-traveling badass: #BradPitt and #MichaelShannon.
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Michael Shannon is Fox's frontrunner to play Cyclops' future son. But according to them, he's not the only one being considered for the part. While only #DavidHarbour (Stranger Things) was mentioned as another actor on the list for the mutant, thanks to another recent piece of info, we know Brad Pitt might also be in the running. Because sure, why not?
Variety and The Wrap writer, Jeff Sneider took to Twitter to share this cryptic message:
Keep in mind that Sneider has put many scoops and rumors out there into the world before and sometimes he's right; often he's wrong. So, as always, don't take this to heart.
However, Collider also reported that Pitt was indeed in consideration for the role, and that there was interest from both the actor and 20th Century Fox for him to play the character. Notice my use of past-tense? Well, that's because, according to Collider, both parties parted way..
But don't lose hope just yet, because this is where things get interesting. According to the site, given how much uncertainty there is around the actor who will be playing the character, there's a possibility of Pitt eventually landing the role.
These definitely qualify as two of the strangest possible casting choices in recent memory. Still, we can't deny they make sense in their own weird way. Here's how Wernick and Reese described the characteristics the actor who would take on the futuristic-gun-toting badass needed:
"I think intimidating, scary, a great foil opposite the lunacy. Someone with a great deadpan thing where they can react to someone who's being crazy. Someone who also has a spark of a sense of humor [...] Physically imposing and able to emote. There's real drama and real stakes. It's a tough one."
If you're even remotely familiar with Pitt's career, he's shown his incredibly versatile acting range. We know he can be gut-wrenchingly serious, and as for having a sense of humor, well...
On the other hand, while Shannon is known for his serious demeanor, he has a great deadpan humor. I mean, we all remember when he did this, right? (Warning: NSFW language):
That would definitely be an accurate representation of the usually-stern Cable, and would offer a perfect foil for #RyanReynolds Wade Wilson. So in that sense, both are great contenders.
Now, there's something that caught my attention with Brad Pitt being a candidate: The budget. Unlike Michael Shannon, it's a bit tougher to snag Pitt with a smaller salary. We've known for quite a while that Deadpool 2 will continue the trend of its predecessor of having a considerably smaller budget compared to other superhero blockbusters. So how would an actor that comes with such a big salary be handled?
When Deadpool was released, we learned that Ryan Reynolds had to take a pay cut in order to get the movie made. Would Pitt be willing to make the same sacrifice? Or could a smaller paycheck have been the reason for his departure from the project? He's ostensibly at a place in his career where he can eschew a huge paycheck to do a project simply because he finds it interesting, so it doesn't seem likely.
But even if it was, there's a possibility of the film to get a considerably bigger budget to accommodate stars like him and the rumored Patrick Stewart. Ultimately, that's all up in the air right now, but it is a possibility.
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It's worthy to note that both contenders are not inexperienced in the superhero world. Michael Shannon played Superman's nemesis, General Zod, in Man of Steel. And when Marvel was trying to get Captain America on the big screen in the early stages of the MCU, Brad Pitt was a strong contender for the role. Both are experienced action men, and considering how Fox wants Cable to be the new face of the X franchise, that's definitely a plus.