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Deadpool 2: Michael Shannon as Cable Fan Art

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Deadpool 2 is still in pre-production and remains nearly a year away from its expected release in January 2018, but the sequel is still garnering more buzz than most upcoming comic book films right now. Much of the anticipation surrounding Deadpool 2 is about the introduction of Cable, the X-Force leader who has been both an ally and adversary to Deadpool in the comics. More importantly, it’s been a major subject of discussion as to who will portray Cable in the sequel.

Several big names have been attached to the character, including Pierce Brosnan and Brad Pitt. Oscar-nominated actor Michael Shannon, who portrayed General Zod in Man of Steel, has also been rumored to be in the running to play Cable - and now, he is reportedly the favorite to land the coveted role. All of the hoopla concerning the potential actors for Cable has led to a slew of concept art, and a striking new piece of artwork imagines Shannon in the role.

Revealed via Comic Book on Thursday, a new piece of concept art shows a grayed, heavily disfigured Shannon donning Cable’s suit. The design was created by popular Australian artist “Kode,” better known to fans as BossLogic. He has previously made designs for Domino, who will be portrayed by Zazie Beetz in Deadpool 2. BossLogic has also designed Cable concept art imagining Russell Crowe and Stranger Things star David Harbour in the role.

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