The Merc with a Mouth needs a friend...
Deadpool ripped the fourth wall to pieces in his first solo movie, saving the best for last when he appeared in his bathrobe Ferris Bueller-style to inform audiences that yes, there would be a Deadpool 2 and it would feature Cable. If you're a comic book fan, you probably whooped and hollered, and if you're not, then you might have wondered why people around you were punching the air, and going "Yesssss!"
Here's the lowdown: Cable is Deadpool's pal. His sidekick. And at times, his frenemy. Deadpool's always larking about and Cable's trying to keep things grounded. They're a bit of an odd couple. Like many comic heroes, Cable's history is complicated; he's the son of Scott Summers (Cyclops) and Madeline Pryor - Jean Grey's clone. Them's some big shoes to fill. As expected with a popular comic book character, there's plenty of rumors about who will step into them. We've gathered together the most popular ones, Deadpool's suggestions (because, obviously) and our ideas for who should play Cable on the big screen. Did we miss anyone blindingly obvious? Let us know in the comments.
Hellboy has nominated himself for the part of Cable based on his physical similarity to the grizzled antihero. It's hard to argue with Perlman, especially when he's posted so many comparison shots of Cable and himself to social media. Agreed, the hair is absolutely spot-on. Perlman's also got a solid track record for playing disgruntled types (Hellboy, Sons of Anarchy, Alien Resurrection) so it's easy to picture him and Ryan Reynolds getting into a heated spat.
"I guess I could kick some butt doing that, I suppose," said the former He-Man when asked about playing the part. It's not the most go-getter response to what could be a career-rejuvenating role for the actor. Lundgren's got a decent chance of snagging it, purely due to his hulking physique and lack of humor that matches Cable's personality pretty closely. His action-packed resume won't hurt him either; he's already played a superhero in the past (The Punisher) and briefly rekindled his action hero glory days in The Expendables.
It looks like Stephen Lang walked out of the theater and straight into a gym the moment the credits rolled on Deadpool. Shortly after the movie opened he began campaigning for the part on social media. There's no denying his dedication to bulking up - he's proper stacked - or his commitment to retweeting every single piece of fan art casting him as Cable. Seriously, that's all his Twitter timeline includes. Aside from enthusiasm, Lang's got the most important thing: experience. Starring in Avatar as the villainous Colonel, and receiving rave reviews for Fede Alvarez's upcoming horror Don't Breathe, there's no mistaking his badass credentials.
No-one expected JK Simmons to get more ripped than Bruce Banner's trousers for Justice League. The role of Commissioner Gordon is hardly synonymous with bulging biceps, but that's not stopped Simmons from hitting the gym and busting out guns that'd make Hugh Jackman weep. Yeah, he's JACKED. Of course, Simmons faces the hurdle of crossing over from DC to Marvel. It's not unheard of for actors to make the transition, although it's typically between movies and TV (i.e. Morena Baccarin: Deadpool to TV's Gotham). Deadpool 2 isn't part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe so he wouldn't be sidling up to DC's main competitor. Plus, didja see him in Whiplash? He's got that humorless curmudgeon thing down.
Jon Hamm is by far the most unusual candidate for the role. His slim physique and suave, coiffed look make it tough to imagine him muscled-up in combat fatigues, kicking ass. Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld thinks otherwise. He took to Twitter in early January to nominate the Mad Men star for the role, including a side-by-side photo comparison of the two. It's a great Photoshop job on Hamm. Like many other suggestions, once you consider it, the idea of Don Draper squaring off against Ryan Reynolds doesn't seem so wacky. Hamm's been connected via a gazillion rumors to superhero roles in the past, and he's been fancast in practically every major comic book movie. Why not give the role to the most unusual suspect?
Deadpool joked about Keira Knightley taking the role - who I'd happily support, too - but I think that Theron's recent career swing into action makes her a more viable candidate for the part. Think about it. She co-starred alongside Tom Hardy in Mad Max: Fury Road and stole the movie with her fearless, gung-ho turn as Imperator Furiosa. There's been no actresses seriously mentioned in connection with the role, and Theron's more than got the skills to make this part her own. She kicked Hardy's ass; she could easily whup Reynolds'.
Biehn made his mark in The Terminator as the straight-laced Kyle Reese, cementing his action hero status two years later in Aliens. It's been a while since he starred in a movie of the same calibre, which kinda makes him an even better candidate. Everybody loves the underdog. If you've seen that early concept art for Neill Blomkamp's Alien 5, it shows Biehn as an older, beat-up version of Hicks... who also happens to also look a little like Cable.