The identity of the actor set to play Cable in Deadpool 2 is fast upon us – but which actors are rumoured to be in contention to play the cult Marvel Comics hero?
Speaking to ComingSoon.net, Deadpool 2 co-writer Paul Wernick confirmed that “cast announcements will be coming fast and furious” in the next few months, with the name of the man stepping into Nathan Summers’ sizeable shoes likely to be the first revealed.
So who is in contention for the part and what are the chances of them landing the role? Here are all of the contenders to play Cable in Deadpool 2 assessed – minus Michael Shannon and Kyle Chandler who have both been ruled out of the running already.
Lang was the early frontrunner for the part of Cable, with fans coming out in support of the Avatar star after it was first revealed that Nathan Summers would be in Deadpool 2.
The Don’t Breathe actor has since cooled talk of taking on the role though, stating in one interview that while he would “do a pretty bang-up job,” his commitment to the Avatar films may rule him out.
“[U]nderstand that my obligation is to the largest, most successful film ever made,” he told Mashable, “so ‘Avatar’ takes precedence.” That said, production on Avatar 2 has just been delayed…
Chances: Unlikely but not impossible
Perlman is another actor who has made no secret of his desire to take on the role, having taken to social media to highlight the striking similarities between himself and the Marvel time traveller.
His previous history as Hellboy may yet rule him out of the role though, given Perlman’s association with that particular comic book character. That said, Perlman has yet to announce any major plans for 2017 and is free from his commitments to Hand Of God after the Amazon series ended.
Chances: Good but maybe not quite good enough
Lundgren is undoubtedly the rank outsider for the role, having had his fingers burned by Marvel as the very first incarnation of the Punisher back in the 1980s.
But that didn’t stop the subject from coming up during an interview with The Nerdist, who directly asked the actor whether he would be open to the role.
“Well, I guess I could kick some butt doing that I suppose. We’ll see,” he replied.
Chances: Alas, About as likely as a Ivan Drago win in Rocky IV
The actor formerly known as 007 emerged as the front-runner for the part of Cable earlier this year, after he was snapped alongside Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman.
Rumours are rife that Jackman will make one final cameo appearance as Wolverine in Deadpool 2, with the meeting of the three actors sparking claims Brosnan could be about to join the Marvel Universe.
While unconfirmed at this point, Brosnan would certainly be a good fit for the part, while his star status and lack of previous comic book movie credits could stand him in good stead.
Chances: A strong contender
Crowe emerged as a possibility to play Cable after seemingly winning the backing of Deadpool comic book creator Robert Liefeld.
Liefeld took to Twitter to suggest the Oscar winner for the role, with Crowe quick to respond on the social media platform, with the comments fired back and forth between the pair appearing to suggest he was keen on the part.
Since then, however, there has been little word on these plans while Crowe’s status as Jor-El, Superman’s dad in Zack Snyder’s Superman movies may alsorule him out of crossing over to Marvel.
Then again, Crowe and Liefeld may already know the truth and could be playing games with us all.
Chances: A definite long shot
Fresh from the success of Stranger Things, long-time bit-part actor David Harbour has emerged as a option for the role of Cable with The Wrap reporting that the actor was being considered for the part.
Though details remain scarce, it’s believed that Harbour has, at the very least, screen-tested for the part, which makes him among the front-runners for the part. That said, his lack of star power, even after Stranger Things, could prove a blessing or a curse.
Chances: Pretty good