Mel Gibson and John Lithgow could be set to star in the sequel to Daddy’s Home alongside original duo Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell in a development few could have predicted.
The addition of Lithgow is perhaps understandable. The veteran actor previously flexed his comic chops during a five-year stint on the sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun, winning three Primetime Emmys along the way.
More recently, Lithgow has impressed in small but memorable roles in films like Rise of The Planet of the Apes, This Is 40 and Interstellar.
He also appeared as Winston Churchill in the Netflix series The Crown – a role that earned him a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance for a Male.
The potential casting of Gibson, however, presents a few more problems.
According to the report from Deadline, the pair are being lined up to appear as fellow dads in the comedy sequel to the 2015 hit.
The addition of Gibson would come as part of a remarkable turnaround for the actor, who landed himself in hot water after launching into an anti-Semitic tirade when arrested by police officers while driving under the influence of alcohol back in 2006.
Gibson has repeatedly apologised over the incident but could do little to prevent him being blacklisted, despite the best efforts of friend Robert Downey Jr.
Things were hardly helped in 2010, when an audio recording emerged of Gibson verbally abusing then-partner Oksana Grigorieva in a recording that saw the actor use several racist terms.
But things appear to be on the up for Gibson after his latest movie, Hacksaw Ridge, earned rave reviews and a total of six Oscar nominations.
Now seemingly back on the radar after over a decade in the acting doldrums, an appearance in Daddy’s Home 2 could complete the comeback.
Whether Gibson is deserving of such a second chance, however, could ultimately be decided in the run-up to release and at the box office.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.