The Deadpool sequel has had somewhat of a roller coaster of a pre-production. Which is understandable, given it’s surprising (to studio execs, at least) rise to prominence as a tier-1 franchise. When a movie makes $700 million, there are more hands on deck, more vocal opinions. Immediately after the film’s success, we got some good news: The sequel was happening ASAP (it was mentioned in the end-credits scene), Cable was going to be in it (also end-credits), and Domino would make an entrance as well.
Fantastic developments, given how integral characters these characters, particularly Cable, are to some of Deadpool’s best stories. Everything seemed right on track. Until we got some abrupt changes to the creative team. Tim Miller walked out due to clashes with Ryan Reynolds. Junkie Xl, the film’s composer, was right behind him. The great sequel seemed less of a sure thing now.
We still have the writers, who were admittedly the backbone of the project. 20th Century Fox has since hired a capable, if not stylistically perfectly matched, director. Still, what led to the fallout? Apparently, casting Cable had a lot to do with it. Miller had his man. Reynolds disagreed. And Reynolds, more than anyone else, is the wheel that keeps Deadpool turning; he has final say.
So, on that topic: Who is going to play Cable? Who should play Cable? We have some thoughts on the potential casting. Here are the top candidates, in no particular order, that we feel should be considered for the pivotal role.