If Avengers: Infinity War and the role of Thanos merely requires some motion capture work and a booming line of dialogue here and there, then the opposite is true for Cable.
Alongside Domino (Zazie Beetz), Nathan Summers is one of the high-profile newcomers on the Deadpool 2 roll call, and after Pierce Brosnan, Kyle Chandler, Stephen Lang (Avatar), Michael Shannon, Keira Knightley, and soon-to-be Hellboy actor David Harbour were all linked with the gig, Brolin sealed a deal to play Cable opposite the Merc With a Mouth.
First introduced as the miracle child of Cyclops and Madelyne Pryor, the character’s history stretches all the way back to 1986, and those familiar with him will know full well of the exciting dynamic he shares with the titular hero. The two make for quite a team, and while speaking with ComicBook.com, creator Rob Liefeld likened their relationship to that of Lee and Carter in Rush Hour.
“He’s such a great actor, that’s where it starts, and gravitas, and who else really is going to hold their ground with Ryan as Wade/Deadpool. That is energy unbridled, and so you’ve gotta hold your ground. When I see the two of them I’m like “It’s going to be comic book’s equivalent to Rush Hour, and I don’t know if comic fans are ready for it. I think it’s going to be great.”
Further in the interview, Liefeld continued to shower praise on Brolin, saying what a tremendous actor he is.
“If you only see No Country for Old Men and Sicario, you’ve seen two great totally separate Josh Brolin performances. The Llewelyn who is sullen but determined and doesn’t speak much but you follow him the whole time in No Country, and Sicario, he’s this wild, shoot-em-up CIA guy.The guy is a tremendous actor.”
Liefeld’s absolutely right. Brolin’s an incredibly talented individual and someone who can definitely hold his own against the charismatic and scene stealing Reynolds. Seeing the two together as Cable and the Merc with a Mouth is sure to be a treat and something that we’re certainly looking forward to. He may not have been many people’s first choice to play the highly sought after role, but we’ve no doubt that Brolin will knock it out of the park as the time travelling mutant.
Deadpool 2 shoots for theaters on June 1st, 2018, and when it does, it’ll seemingly carve out more room for Colossus. Russian actor Stefan Kapicic is back in the voice booth to portray the towering mutant, joining a list of returnees that includes T.J. Miller (Weasel), Brianna Hildebrand (Negasonic Teenage Warhead), Karan Soni (Dopinder), Leslie Uggams (Blind Al), and Morena Baccarin (Vanessa).