Deadpool was not only a great, incredibly fun flick that finally vindicated poor Ryan Reynolds in a superhero movie after the disasters that were Blade: Trinity, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and Green Lantern, it also shattered records for an R-rated release, causing Hollywood to rethink its strategy regarding the content of blockbusters. The man largely credited with this success is the director of the film, Tim Miller, who was able to deftly balance brutal violence with meta humor, while still managing to make the mostly despicable characters sympathetic. Now, some are beginning to worry that Fox Studios may be falling into that old Hollywood trap of unnecessary studio interference of a high-stakes project as the studio and Miller reportedly disagree on the casting of beloved comic book character Cable.
If you saw Deadpool (which you most likely did if this article interested you enough to click on it), you know that the character of Cable is going to be included in the sequel, because Deadpool straight up told you in the post credits scene. Cable is the time-travelling son of Cyclops and Jean Grey‘s clone. He has telepathic and telekinetic abilities that have fluctuated in strength throughout his history. He is an incredibly skilled fighter with an eye and a metallic arm that are enhanced by a techno-organic virus from the future. He has a long history with Deadpool in the comics.
There have been many rumors about who may play Cable, including Dolph Lundgren, Ron Perlman, and most recently Kyle Chandler. Now, it’s being reported that Liam Neeson is favored for the part by Fox Studios, while director Miller isn’t too keen on the idea. Here’s the tweet from film reporter Umberto Gonzalez:
They want Liam Neeson but Tim doesn’t. https://t.co/CEswy9A3WX
— Umberto Gonzalez (@elmayimbe) August 13, 2016
Studio input isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but hopefully after the job Tim Miller did with the first movie, Fox doesn’t force upon him an actor that he’s less than excited about. It should be noted (mostly due to fear of being found and killed) that Neeson is a brilliant and engaging actor; he just might not be the perfect choice for Cable. Either way, Miller and Fox delivered big with Deadpool and hopes are high all around that they can duplicate that success with Deadpool 2.
What do you think about Neeson as Cable? Who’s your perfect choice for the role?
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