ByKatie Granger, writer at
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Katie Granger

Ever since 20th Century Fox proved they still had it in them to put out fresh and surprising new superhero movies with last year's , fans have been eagerly awaiting news of the sequel, which was greenlit with the force of a $783 million box office as Deadpool became the highest grossing R-rated movie ever.

The Deadpool post-credits scene pretty much guaranteed that long-time character Cable was going to appear in the sequel. And ever since then speculation surrounding who would slip into the time-traveling mutant's shoes has been high.

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Getting the casting right for is important. As Ryan Reynolds made Wade Wilson/Deadpool a breakout darling through his alignment with the character, so is the pressure to get it right for Cable. Deadpool and Cable have a sometimes tense history, though they eventually buddied up as a double act in the Cable & Deadpool series run.

Cable & Deadpool [Credit: Marvel Studios]
Cable & Deadpool [Credit: Marvel Studios]

The potential of an upcoming X-Force, and even a solo Cable movie, also hangs on this actor's shoulders. And let's not forget any possible intersection with the larger Fox-Marvel X-Men Universe, as Cable is indeed Nathan Summers, the son of Scott Summers, better known as .

Though contenders such as Stephen Lang, Russell Crowe and Pierce Brosnan (yes, really) have long been bandied around when it comes to the Cable casting, it appears there's a new contender in town. In two new reports from Collider and The Wrap, we learned that Stranger Things star David Harbour is reportedly being eyed for the role.

But, interestingly, we also learned that another major superhero actor was eyed to take on the role. Collider reports that Michael Shannon was previously in the running to play Cable, but he was forced to pull out due to scheduling issues.

Shannon in 'Man of Steel' [Credit: Warner Bros.]
Shannon in 'Man of Steel' [Credit: Warner Bros.]

Shannon is certainly what you'd call a heavyweight. Twice Oscar nominated and receiver of a number of awards from his role in Boardwalk Empire, he made his superhero movie debut in DC and Warner Bros.' polarizing Man of Steel as the maniacal General Zod.

This news comes as a bit of a surprise, as Shannon has been vague about whether or not he would return to a superhero role. After Man of Steel failed to impress critics, Shannon shrugged off questions regarding Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (where he appeared as the corpse of Zod), telling Vulture that he was "profoundly unconcerned" with the outcome:

"I’m so utterly unconcerned with the outcome of that fight. So profoundly, utterly unconcerned. I can’t even come up with a fake answer."

Personally, our chips are still on Stephen Lang for the Cable role, especially after his brutal performance in last year's Don't Breathe. But with David Harbour already having done some screen tests with Reynolds's Deadpool, it seems like the sequel may now have found its man.

Who do you want to play Cable in Deadpool 2? Tell us in the comments below!

(Sources: The Wrap, Collider; Vulture)


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