‘Deadpool 2’ News & Updates: Michael Shannon Is The Favorite To Play Cable In Sequel

10:59 AM EDT 3/23/2017 by Irene Cabrera, Celebeat Reporter

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Michael Shannon is emerging as the early frontrunner to play the coveted role of Cable opposite Ryan Reynolds in the upcoming sequel film "Deadpool 2." Fox, the studio that is handling the film, did not comment on the news.

The casting for Cable, also known as Nathan Summer, is something that long-time comic fans have been anticipating since the end of the first film. The character, known for his foul mouth, made his presence known during the post-credits scene. He also teased that he will be in "Deadpool 2" through a scene played before "Logan" in theaters with a message that said "Nathan Summers c***ing" written on a phone booth.

"Deadpool 2" will begin shooting in the summer in Vancouver, Canada. Given that Shannon is also set to shoot an indie film this spring entitled "What They Had," it is likely that the hefty scheduling could prevent the in-demand actor to take on the role. He was nominated for an Oscar for his work in the film "Nocturnal Animals" and took part in two comic book movies "Jonah Hex" and "Man of Steel," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In the Marvel comic book universe, Deadpool and Cable were often paired together albeit unwillingly. Both characters had their own series together, aptly titled "Cable & Deadpool," which spanned a total of 50 issues. Shannon isn't the only one in the running to play the iconic character in "Deadpool 2." David Harbour of "Stranger Things" and "Castle" star Nathan Fillion are also seen as top choices for the role, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Reynolds returns to reprise his role as the titular wisecracking mercenary. David Leitch, who is known as the director of "John Wick," was hired on board to direct "Deadpool 2" last fall. The first film's director Tim Miller stepped down from directorial duties because of creative differences with Reynolds, according to Variety.

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