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Carlos Rosario Gonzalez

Deadpool 2 won't be hitting theaters until 2018, but Ryan Reynolds and the fabulous people at Fox keep tossing teases to a hungry fan base and we're eating them up.

Perhaps the biggest sneak peak we have yet to get, however, is the answer to the question that's been lingering ever since Deadpool's end-credit scene: Who will play Cable? Names like Brad Pitt, Michael Shannon and former 007 Pierce Brosnan have all been rumored to play the part, but Deadpool and Cable's creator, comic book legend Rob Liefeld, has rather an interesting candidate for the part: legendary actor John Wayne.

Back From The Dead?

To many this might sound a little odd, considering that John Wayne sadly passed away in 1979. But with today's technology it's not hard to bring actors back from the dead, as we saw recently in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. And that's exactly how Liefeld would want the actor to be resurrected. As he mentioned on Instagram:

As the Father of this wonderful character can I throw my hat in the ring for a John Wayne mo-cap ? Let's contact the estate and cut that multi-picture deal. Plus we get an airport out of it. Talk about promotional opportunities!!

The character of Colossus in Deadpool was completely made with mo-cap technology, so a mo-cap Cable with John Wayne's physique is possible. Apart from the ethical questions that could rise if the idea is considered by Fox, a bigger question at least among fans, is whether John Wayne is the best pick for the role. Rob Leifeld definitely believes so, but many fans have been vocal about the choice of Stephen Lang or the aforementioned Brad Pitt or Pierce Brosnan for the part.

Still, while John Wayne is an unexpected pick for the part, Leifeld has a valid point: the promotional opportunities behind a John Wayne casting are absolutely insane. There are numerous ways the promotional material for can head with John Wayne as the time-traveling mutant. From fourth wall-breaking jokes about the Hollywood icon to classic western skits.

Wayne would also become a part of a small club of actors who have been brought back to life in movies and TV.

Back To Life, Back To Reality

'Breakfast at Tiffany's' [Credit: Paramount Pictures]
'Breakfast at Tiffany's' [Credit: Paramount Pictures]

The most recent dead actor to appear alive and well on the big screen was the late Peter Cushing in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Portrayed by actor Guy Henry and later digitally altered in post-production, Cushing reprised his role as Grand Moff Tarkin in the Star Wars movie.

Another actor resurrected for the screen was Oliver Reed in Ridley Scott's Gladiator. Reed died during filming of the movie and was later digitally reconstructed in perhaps the best scene of a CGI dead actor to date.

The uncanny valley in film is sometimes attributed to the weird, uncomfortable feeling audiences get when seeing these dead actors digitally realized on screen, and perhaps the best example for this was when actress Audrey Hepburn was brought back to life for a Galaxy Chocolate commercial (see above). This is a feeling most people will probably get if John Wayne picks up the hat again.

Will John Wayne be our Cable in Deadpool 2? Do you agree with Rob Liefeld that Wayne is a good choice for the role? Let me know in the comments below!

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Should Fox digitally resurrect John Wayne to play Cable?

[Source: Instagram] [Poll Image: Marvel Comics]


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