The Cable casting carousel has finally come to a stop and Josh Brolin has emerged with the brass ring. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Brolin has signed a four-movie deal to play Cable, beginning with Deadpool 2.
This is the second Marvel role for Brolin, who also plays Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for Marvel Studios and Disney. With Thanos’ involvement in the MCU perhaps concluding (at least for some time) in Avengers: Infinity War and the untitled fourth Avengers movie, both of which are in production this year, Brolin was clearly ready for another Marvel gig, so his move to the Fox-owned Marvel mutant-verse makes sense.
Still, Brolin’s casting comes as a surprise given that his name has not been among those we’ve seen churned out by the Cable rumor mill. Michael Shannon, David Harbour, Russell Crowe, and Brad Pitt have all had their named mentioned in connection to the role at one point or another, but Fox finally found their Nathan Summers in Brolin.
As shocking as this news may be, Brolin really is an excellent choice to play Cable and should pair very well with Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool. Brolin has comedic chops, including the kind of dry, deadpan style that will play as the perfect opposite to Deadpool’s raunchy humor. Brolin and Reynolds could be exactly the kind of odd couple Deadpool 2 needs, which will set up the rest of the superhero slate Fox is building around the Merc with a Mouth, including X-Force.
Deadpool 2 is being directed by David Leitch (John Wick) and will also feature Zazie Beetz (Atlanta) as Domino. Production is scheduled to begin in June 2017 with the movie expected to be released some time in 2018.
You had better believe we’ll be talking more about this huge casting news on this week’s Superhero News Show!