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Josh Brolin Cast as Cable in Deadpool 2

It was only a little more than two weeks ago when we post this story about how Michael Shannon seemed to achieved peak momentum towards the role of Cable in Deadpool 2. At the time, The Hollywood Reporter, Deadline and Variety multiple had Shannon as the man Fox wanted to play Cable in Deadpool 2, after initial stories had mentioned Kyle Chandler (Bloodline) and David Harbour (Stranger Things) also in the running. Well, that’s all over now, as Thanos himself, Josh Brolin, has signed a four picture deal with Fox to play the leader of the X-Force, a man depicted as the opposite of Deadpool in every way. Brolin joins Atlanta’s Zazie Beetz, who plays Domino, the luck-changing mutant mercenary and another member of the X-Force. 

The Hollywood Reporter writes that Brolin emerged as the surprise winner, nabbing his second Marvel role (his Thanos is the big villain in the entire MCU, and will have his first major part of the action in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War) which will begin with Atomic Blonde director David Leitch’s Deadpool 2, with production likely beginning in June in Vancouver.

Brolin’s a potent screen presence, and should give Ryan Reynolds’ wise-ass Deadpool more than enough of a challenge to give the sequel some serious pop. Cable is the adult son of X-Man Scott Summers (Cyclops), and he’s from the future. Cable was raised in a dystopian future and returns to Deadpool’s present day as a hardened soldier with some cybernetic improvements, telekinetic powers, and some very big guns. His stoic, square-jawed seriousness makes him the perfect foil for Deadpool. This should be very fun to watch.

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