Deadpool 2 director David Leitch has offered his thoughts on Michael Shannon potentially playing Cable in the upcoming sequel. Shannon emerged last week as the frontrunner for play the time-traveling mutant, edging out Stranger Things star David Harbour as the top choice for the role.
JoBlo managed to catch up with Leitch at CinemaCon in Las Vegas and get his opinion of the possibility of Shannon in the role:
“You know, I think, Michael Shannon, that name speaks for itself, he’s an incredible actor and he can accomplish anything. Yeah, I’m passionate about him as an actor and, look, he would make an incredible Cable. If that happens, I would be through the roof that I get to work with another incredible actor. I can’t say that it’s going to happen, because we’re looking – the list is what the list is. But, yeah, I have nothing but great things to say about him and I’m a huge, huge fan.”
While Leitch’s comments don’t allude to whether or not Shannon will take the role, he has confirmed that Brad Pitt who was also rumored for the role officially turned it down due to scheduling conflicts. Regardless, an announcement should be coming soon as production on the film is set to get underway in just a few short months. It’s possible an announcement could be made during 20th Century Fox’s CinemaCon presentation which kicks off tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. PST.
In Deadpool 2, Ryan Reynolds returns for the sequel as the merc with the mouth with Zazie Beetz who was recently cast as Domino. In addition to Reynolds and Beetz, much of the cast from the first film is expected to return including Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Stefan Kapcic as the voice of Colossus, Morena Baccarin as Vanessa and T.J. Miller as Weasel.
Deadpool 2 does not currently have a release date. The sequel is expected to shoot from June through September in Canada. Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick returned to script the sequel with Leich at the helm.
Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on Deadpool 2 as we learn it.