A few weeks ago, The Wrap's "ace scooper" Umberto Gonzalez reported that David Harbour, star of Netflix's Stranger Things, was Fox's top choice to play Cable in Deadpool 2. Initially teased during the end credits of the original smash hit, the time-traveling mutant will be one of the biggest draws for the hotly anticipated sequel. In the weeks since, Fox has been quiet on the status of the character. They never confirmed Harbour's casting, instead choosing to focus their attention on casting Domino, the other mutant superstar of Deadpool 2. After star Ryan Reynolds announced that Atlanta actress Zazie Beetz had been cast in the role, attention once again turned to the mystery behind Cable. And while there's still no confirmation from anybody involved, yesterday saw another fascinating twist that I can't say I expected.
According to an exclusive report from The Hollywood Reporter's Borys Kit, Michael Shannon is now the front-runner to play Cable in Deadpool 2. Yes, this might actually be happening. According to the report, Shannon is leading the pack of actors on the shortlist, which also includes Harbour and a few other actors. No official talks are in place at this point. I don't think I need to tell anybody how excited I would be if this all worked out. Shannon is one of my favorite working actors, shining in films like Midnight Special, The Night Before, and Elvis & Nixon with a distinct mix of heart and comedy. This was all before an Oscar-nominated standout turn in Tom Ford's Nocturnal Animals, a performance that deserved to win the Academy gold in my humble opinion. Shannon delivers the goods almost every single time, and I would love to see him jump into the superhero world again after the disappointment of Man of Steel. Just the idea of watching Reynolds and Shannon together is making me giddy with excitement. Harbour would be a great choice as well, but man, I really hope Shannon's casting works out.
I would expect to hear more concrete information on Cable and Deadpool 2 in the near future. But for now, this serves as a compelling, incredibly exciting development.
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Sources: The Wrap, Hollywood Reporter