And so, the casting of Cable saga continues today, with yet another update but no confirmation on who’s going to take the red hot role in Deadpool 2. Almost ever since the character was teased for the sequel, which was over a year ago, the part has been one of the most sought after in Hollywood, with every big name actor hoping to get a shot at it. And can you blame them? Deadpool was among 2016’s most successful films and the follow-up is without a doubt one of the buzziest projects in development at the moment.
We already know that Domino is going to be played by Zazie Beetz, while Ryan Reynolds will be back to reprise his role as the titular hero alongside Morena Baccarin as Vanessa, but who’s going to be the one to bring the time travelling mutant to life? Will it be David Harbour? Pierce Brosnan? Michael Shannon? We still can’t tell you that, unfortunately, but what we can tell you is who definitely won’t be playing Cable, and that’s Brad Pitt.
Though the actor was rumored to be in contention for the role, with some concept art of what he’d look like as the character surfacing last week, we can now confirm with absolute certainty that he’s out of the running. Collider reported as much already, but at the time, noted that things could still change. Now, however, ComicBook.com is telling us that we can definitely rule him out. Their news comes straight from the horse’s mouth, too, as they recently spoke with Deadpool 2 director David Leitch, who confirmed it.
“We had a great meeting with Brad, he was incredibly interested in the property. Things didn’t work out schedule-wise, though. He’s a fan, and we love him, and I think he would’ve made an amazing Cable.”
So, probably not the news people want to hear, but at least we can now cross one more name off the list. At this point, it seems like Shannon might be the frontrunner, though with 20th Century Fox keeping quiet on the matter, we really can’t say for sure. Regardless, with Deadpool 2 expected to head into production this summer, we imagine it won’t be too much longer now before something official is announced.
As always, watch this space for more.