Michael Shannon Out in Front to Play Cable in ‘Deadpool 2’

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Actor Michael Shannon is the frontrunner to play Cable in “Deadpool 2,” according to a new report by The Hollywood Reporter.

The report stresses that nothing is final, but at this stage the “Nocturnal Animals” star is the top choice.

Earlier this month it was revealed that “Stranger Things” star David Harbour was also in the running to play Cable.

For those unacquainted with the character, SlashFilm details the role of Cable as the following:

Cable is Nathan Summers, son of Scott Summers and a Jean Grey clone thanks to some manipulation by Mister Sinister. As a baby, he was transported into one possible future timeline. He grew up there, and then as an adult he went back in time to come back to the present. That’s actually a really simplistic explanation of his origins — his backstory is complicated even by X-Men standards, which is really saying something — but writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have already promised they’ll simplify it for the movie.

Reese and Wernick, who wrote the first film, are reportedly hard at work on the script for the follow-up. Following director Tim Miller’s departure – and subsequent replacement with David Leitch – Fox is keen on keeping the creative team from the first film intact.

The first film, touted as “the first hard-R superhero film,” made a killing at the box office. It broke several records and grossed $782 million worldwide on a $58 million budget. The film is currently sitting pretty with an 84 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

The movie follows Reynolds’ Deadpool/Wade Wilson, a mercenary who’s known for snarky comments and breaking the fourth wall. After an experimental treatment for his deadly form of cancer leaves him completely disfigured (but with accelerated healing powers), he embarks on a mission to find the people who performed the procedures.

Getting the film made was a tedious process for Reese, Wernick and Reynolds, as it first started production in 2004. Due to studio turnarounds, the film didn’t end up starting principal photography until March of last year.

The film, which is scheduled to shoot in Vancouver this summer, will release in theaters Jan. 12, 2018.

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