Right as Deadpool came to a close, the very first tease for who would make an appearance in Deadpool 2 happened. While mocking Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Deadpool confirmed that the time-traveling mutant known as Cable would appear in the sequel. Since that point, there have been a number of actors thought to be in contention for the role. Some names were purely from fan-casts, while others were legitimately reported to be in consideration, but the sequel is still without its newest star.
With the search continuing, a new name was thrown into the pool last week when concept art and a new report pointed to Brad Pitt previously being eyed for the role. Despite the hype surrounding such a big name being attached to the role, the chance for him to come aboard the sequel has apparently come and gone.
Director David Leitch told Comicbook that while Pitt was in the running previously, they could not work out a deal. Fox and the creative team involved have now moved on from the idea of Pitt and are looking to cast someone else in the role. Read Leitch’s full quote below:
“We had a great meeting with Brad, he was incredibly interested in the property. Things didn’t work out schedule-wise. He’s a fan, and we love him, and I think he would’ve made an amazing Cable.”
Thanks to his impressive resume, Pitt could’ve been a big time addition to the. That said, no matter how great of a Cable he could have been, there is not likely a scenario where Cable does not get even more screen time if Pitt — or someone of his stature — lands the role. Not only that, but Pitt is so recognizable that he could even detract attention from Deadpool, or even make it difficult for some to see him as Cable.
With him out of the running, the top contender according to the most recent report is Michael Shannon. Even though he too previously passed on the role, it looks as though there is a real possibility he could land the role thanks to some shifting in his schedule. Stranger Things‘ David Harbour should also not be counted out just yet. He may have played a part in one of 2016’s biggest television successes, but Harbour is not quite as recognizable as Shannon and could grow with Cable for years to come. Fox should have its pick when all things are said and done with this role being one of the most sought after in Hollywood. An official decision is not too far away now.