Ever since Deadpool hit screens early last year, fans have been clamoring to find out who would play #Cable in the sequel. #Deadpool2 is hotly anticipated, and it seems that every day a new actor is in the running to play the time-traveling, badass mutant promised in the Deadpool post-credits scene.
However, no official casting announcement has been made yet, and it might still be awhile before we learn who will don the cyberkinetics to become Deadpool's best frenemy. The list of actors who've been rumored to be in the talks is one of the weirdest lists in recent memory for a role of this size — a role that has been called the "hottest role in Hollywood" by none less than Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld.
Keep in mind that whoever does finally get the role of Cable will have to sign a multi-picture deal (as they'll be in Deadpool 2 and the X-Force movie and possibly more) and they have to be able to play off of Ryan Reynold's Deadpool and Zazie Beetz's Domino. So without further ado, let's jump in, starting with the least likely actors rumored for the role and moving toward the more plausible candidates.
10. Kyle Chandler
For several months last year, it seemed as if Kyle Chandler had won the role of Cable and was in the process of preparing for the role. At least, that was until director Tim Miller stepped down from the project after creative differences with star and executive producer Ryan Reynolds. Rumor has it that Miller left the film because he wanted to cast Chandler in the role, but Reynolds had different thoughts.
Now, this probably wasn't the only reason the director chose to leave the film, as the two men were reportedly having creative differences before the casting news was even brought up, but it does seem to indicate that Reynolds has a lot of say in how the movie turns out.
Likeliness: Never going to happen
9. Keira Knightley
Although she has probably never been seriously considered for the role, Keira Knightley's name has been floating around ever since the end credits scene in Deadpool (in which Deadpool offers Knightley as a viable option). She certainly has the acting skills and range to play the character, but gender-bending such a major character might be too much of a risk for the studio, especially considering part of the reason why we have Deadpool is because of how inaccurate Wade Wilson was in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. However, there's never been an official "no" to Knightley, so she's still on the table and perhaps we'll be in for a huge surprise.
Likeliness: Only in a weird turn of events
8. Mel Gibson
Like Keira Knightley, Mel Gibson was one of the names Deadpool threw out. He looks the part well enough and he has a plethora of experience; he's familiar with the action genre and would be a great contrast to Reynold's Deadpool. I've always been in favor of this casting, but there's several reasons it probably won't work out.
For starters, Gibson has never expressed any interest in playing the role, and no leaks from the studio indicate that he's in the running. Another problem is that Gibson is currently being courted to direct DC's Suicide Squad 2; if he ends up landing that gig, it's basically guaranteed he won't be able to work on a Marvel-related project at the same time.
And let's not forget Gibson's personal scandals, which could make some fans refuse to see the movie on principle. However, he would be pretty great in the role, so his likeliness rating is a little bit higher.
Likeliness: Highly improbable
7. Stephen Lang
Stephen Lang is a fan favorite for the role and has talked about playing Cable on several occasions. However, he's also currently working on the Avatar sequels with the same studio, and he admits that could create a scheduling conflict. However, if Lang were offered the role, he would totally accept it and he would be fantastic!
Likeliness: In a perfect world, yes! In our world, probably not.
6. Dolph Lundgren
Dolph Lundgren is one of my personal favorites for the role. Of all the people suggested, I feel like he pulls off the look the best. He's been on every fan cast for the character for practically forever. Like Stephen Lang, Lundgren has also been rather vocal about his willingness to play the character. Lundgren was also one of the people whom Deadpool suggested for the role in the closing credits scene (along with Mel Gibson and Keira Knightley).
He has several things going for him; he's familiar with action movies, he's old enough to play Cable and he even has some familiarity with the superhero genre, having played Kovar on The CW's Arrow. Personally, I think he'd be wonderful for the role, but since we haven't really heard much from the studio or from Reynolds about the casting, we can't be too sure who they are actually considering.
Likeliness: It would make sense, but little chance of happening.
5. Pierce Brosnan
The former James Bond is one of the newer additions to the ever-growing list of rumored Cables. Pierce Brosnan certainly has the the acting skills and background to play pretty much any character thrown at him. He also fits the look of the part to a T, and a lot of fans believe that the below photo is evidence that Brosnan is in consideration:
As the two biggest actors involved with Fox's X-Men, the fact that Brosnan was with them may indicate that he was in talks. Personally, I think Brosnan would be great — and based solely on the images, he seems to interact with Reynolds pretty well (a final judgment, of course, would have to wait until we see some footage).
Likeliness: There's a chance!
4. Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe is certainly young enough to sign on to a multi-picture deal, but he has enough experience to play a grizzled time-traveller. Like pretty much everyone else on this list, Crowe has also expressed interest in taking the role, and had a Twitter conversation with Rob Liefeld about it:
He would definitely make a good fit. It's interesting to note, however, that Ryan Reynolds never acknowledged these tweets, even though he was tagged in them. Normally Reynolds is pretty vocal about Deadpool and the sequel, so it's kinda odd that he didn't say anything. But that could also be an indication that Crowe was onto something, so Reynolds might have been keeping quiet about it?
Likeliness: He has a decent chance.
3. David Harbour
David Harbour is way younger than pretty much everyone else on the list (he's 41 and most of the others are in their 50s and 60s), and he doesn't have as much experience either. However, he made a huge splash on Netflix's smash hit Stranger Things. He's really the wild card here, which is part of why he ranks so high, just because there is absolutely no way of knowing how good his chances are. However, he's a hot item right now and could definitely grow into the role.
Likeliness: I have no idea, but it might happen.
2. Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt would be absolutely perfect in the role and he would bring some huge star power. He was supposedly in talks to play Cable, and I'm hoping he ends up landing it. It was also reported that he might have moved on for unknown reasons. Pitt is a very accomplished actor and a big name in Hollywood; since Cable is supposedly going to lead the team of mutants in X-Force, whoever gets the role has to be able to carry a team movie on their shoulders, and Pitt could easily handle that.
It's also worth noting that the above image is reportedly leaked concept art of Pitt in the role, which means he probably made it pretty far in the process or is still being considered.
Likeliness: He was definitely in the running, but he might have moved on — perhaps he'd reconsider?
1. Michael Shannon
Michael Shannon is rumored to be the frontrunner right now, and he is one of the best actors on this list. He also has experience in superhero films, having played Zod in Man of Steel. It's interesting that Shannon's name hadn't really shown up at all prior to being named the "frontrunner," so the validity of these statements is a little iffy.
However, he would certainly be fantastic as Cable and he has the acting chops to take Reynolds' Deadpool for a run. The way Shannon could play off of Reynolds would be super interesting, and he'd also be great as the leader of X-Force.
Likeliness: He's the rumored frontrunner, so there's a high chance.
There have been a lot of names floating around for the "hottest role in Hollywood" and it's hard to know who the studio is seriously considering. We'll just have to wait and see who finally gets cast. If its anyone on this list, then I will be pretty excited; there are also plenty of actors who aren't on this list that would be great in the role.
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[Poll image credit: Marvel Comics]