Director David Leitch is already a fan of Josh Brolin as the character Cable in Deadpool 2. Few details have been revealed about the plot of the Ryan Reynolds-led sequel at this point, but fans remain excited-as-ever for the big screen introduction of the Merc With a Mouth’s sometimes friend, sometimes enemy – Cable/Nathan Summers. His debut was first teased in Deadpool‘s post-credits scene and since then, interest in the character and who will play him had continued to grow.
It is no secret that the hunt for the perfect actor to play the time-travelling mutant was a bit rocky. Actor Stephen Lang publicly staged his campaign to land the role – something that a number of fans supported, based on his physical resemblance to Cable in comic book form. It was later reported that Kyle Chandler was the front runner to play the role, though he was far from the only candidate said to be in the running. Then, when Brolin was confirmed to play Cable, the response to the news was in part confusion, as Brolin is also currently playing Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War. Since then, skepticism has begun to turn into optimism, amongst more and more members of the Deadpool fanbase.
In an interview with IGN at San Diego Comic-Con, Leitch had nothing but high praises for Brolin, when asked about the actor’s rigorous transformation process for the role of Cable:
“When he graciously agreed to do the role, Ryan and I were through the roof; we love him. He’s such a great actor, he brings a humanity to Cable, but he also has the depth of acting chops to hang with the comedy when needed. He’s bringing that character to life in the short 12 days we’ve been shooting and I couldn’t be happier.”
Brolin juggling two superhero properties could actually be a tricky thing. Even Reynolds has ribbed the casting, playfully joking that Brolin could not exist in two separate cinematic universes. Based on Leitch’s comments, however, it sounds like everything is going great on the Deadpool 2 front so far. Brolin even appeared two weeks ago at the D23 Expo to debut the Infinity War sizzle reel, where he looked all sorts of jacked-up, similar to how Cable appears in the comics.
The interesting part of the conversation, however, is how 20th Century Fox and Marvel Studios are playing in each other’s good graces to work out a feasible shooting schedule that will benefit everyone. While Infinity War finished principal photography shortly after Deadpool 2 began production, the yet-to-be-titled Avengers 4 is mere days away from filming kicking-off. Thanos is presumed to play a large role in Avengers 4 too and Brolin himself revealed that he has not yet shot anything for the MCU’s Phase 3 capper – meaning, he may face some challenges due to Deadpool 2 and Avengers 4 shooting at the same time.
Leitch, who also co-directed Keannu Reeves’ John Wick and solo-helmed Charlize Theron’s Atomic Blonde, took over the directing duties for Deadpool 2 from Tim Miller, after he departed the project over creative difference. However, original Deadpool screenwriters Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese are back as writers on Deadpool 2. The sequel is currently filming in Canada.
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