With Domino now locked in following the acquisition of actress Zazie Beetz, all anyone wants to talk about ahead of Deadpool 2 is the casting for Cable. Over the past few weeks Brad Pitt and Michael Shannon have been added to an ever growing shortlist. Although the former is believed to have dropped out citing a scheduling conflict with a sequel of his own for World War Z.
John Wick co-director David Leitch will be helming the picture. And, as he encountered the press for CinemaCon, the topic on everyone's lips was surrounding the rumors over Shannon and the identity of the time traveling sidekick. While keeping his cards close to the chest at this juncture, it was obvious that the Man of Steel and Nocturnal Animals star was a project favorite for the former stunt coordinator.
Michael The Man as Leitch Preaches His Work
While Ryan Reynold and screenwriters Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese would have input on the casting, it is obvious that Shannon is the frontrunner at this stage. The director had nothing but praise for a man who is growing his reputation by the movie.
"You know, I think, Michael Shannon, that name speaks for itself, he’s an incredible actor and he can accomplish anything," Leitch stated. "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."
Switching networks, the love for Shannon did not cool down one bit.
"I'm a huge fan of Michael Shannon, and he's always been on a short list," he told MTV. "The studio is doing the due diligence to go through the list, and we're going to find the right Cable. If it ends up Michael Shannon, I will be grateful. But there's a lot of great people out there too."
No Ceiling For Character With Limitless Range
Given the freedom and flexibility to break the fourth wall and throw in pop culture references at the drop of a hat, Leitch appreciates how much scope this franchise offers him as a filmmaker. Not bound by upcoming storylines or developments elsewhere, he admitted that the process was very liberating as they continue to work on the story.
"Because it's such a fun and free sandbox, we explore ideas and different avenues as they come into our heads," he said. "It's really about exploring things and finding the best movie possible. We're on a really good trajectory with the emotional arc of this character. Now it's about exploring set pieces and fun and the irreverent nature of Deadpool. It's kind of limitless."