With the release of Deadpool next month, 20th Century Fox is branching off the X-Men Cinematic Universe into even more movies. Building on the momentum that the franchise has gained following the critical/commercial success of X-Men: Days of Future Past, the studio will release a direct sequel (in X-Men: Apocalypse) and a third Wolverine solo vehicle for Hugh Jackman, in addition to introducing more characters and mutants with a Gambit solo film in 2017 and has a New Mutants movie currently in development too.

X-Force has been rumored to be another project in development with Kick-Ass 2 writer and director Jeff Wadlow penning a script based on the militant strike team. Fox was actually developing X-Force for the big screen, but the buzz from the leaked Deadpool footage during San Diego Comic-Con in 2014 quickly put the project on hold for a movie starring the Merc with a Mouth instead. While Fox hasn’t officially announced or given the greenlight for X-Force, its co-creator is already throwing his request for potential casting.

Comic book writer and artist Rob Liefeld wants actor Jon Hamm to play Cable in the X-Force movie, as evidenced by his tweet below. Hamm recently won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Series Drama for playing the character Don Draper on Mad Men on AMC. Cable is the leader of X-Force and is the son of Cyclops and Madelyne Pryor, who is Jean Grey’s clone. The X-Force leader made his first appearance in The New Mutants, as a mysterious mercenary.

Interestingly, Deadpool director Tim Miller has said that he would love to have Cable in a possible sequel film, having told Empire “If we don’t put Cable in ‘Deadpool 2,’ I think we’ll be run out of town on a rail,” during a breakdown of the latest Deadpool trailer. We would likewise expect to see Cable in Deadpool 2, if Fox gives the sequel the greenlight.

At one time, Deadpool was a member of X-Force and Rob Liefeld admitted that the Merc with a Mouth did appear in early drafts of Jeff Wadlow’s X-Force script. Liefeld also praised the early version of the screenplay calling it “beyond impressive,” as it also showed the “camaraderie between the team as they learn to cope and trust one another!”

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Currently, Fox has yet to announce a release date for X-Force, but stay tuned to Screen Rant as the new superhero movie develops. In the meantime, Deadpool opens in theaters on February 12, 2016, followed by X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27, 2016; Gambit sometime in 2017; Wolverine 3 on March 3, 2017; and an untitled X-Men film on July 13, 2018. The New Mutants is also currently in development.

Source: Rob Liefeld