The X-Force Movie is Progressing, and Stephen Lang Wants to Play Cable in Deadpool 2
Given that Hugh Jackman has said he won’t be reprising the role of Wolverine after his third solo movie, everyone is wondering who’s going to replace him in upcoming X-Men related projects. And rumors are circulating that the female Wolverine clone X-23 will be making an appearance in the upcoming third Wolverine movie, fed by casting calls for “Caucasian, Hispanic and Asian looking females over the age of 21,” “4′ – 4’11 of height and size 0-4 with dark brown hair.” Sounds like Laura Kinney, right?
So recently, X-Men Apocalypse director Bryan Singer was asked if there was any truth to the rumor that X-23 was going to replace Wolverine. And not only did he confirm the idea was already being considered, but that an X-Force movie was actively in development:
“I have discussed that with the studio. I actually initially pitched the X-Force and the female. Simon [Kinberg] is in the earliest script stage, so that’s kind of where that stands, and we’ll see how it evolves.”
OK. So now we know that the script is underway and that there is definitely going to be an X-Force movie sometime in the future. And that X-23 might be in the mix.
If you aren’t familiar with these mutants, X-Force is a spinoff of X-Men. But where the X-Men tend to take a softer approach to dealing with villains, X-Force is often more brutal. The team was founded by Cable (a mutant warrior with a cybernetic arm from an alternate future, who turns out to be the son of Cyclops and Madelyne Pryor, a clone of Jean Grey … don’t you love comics?) In addition to Cable, other members of the group have included Wolverine, Psylocke, Archangel, Colossus, Nightcrawler, and X-23.
It’s nice to see things moving forward after Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) said he was making an X-Force movie on of his priorities. Prior to that, a script has been commissioned from by Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) in 2013, a year later Deadpool creator Rob Liefield claimed the script had been written and then… nothing… Must be nice to be able to wield the kind of influence Reynolds has.
Speaking of Cable, it looks like he’s going to be a part of Deadpool 2. We don’t have many details beyond that, but what we do have is three actors who are making it known that they’re gunning for the role of Cable.
Yes! Jon Hamm, Dream Future Cable pick, wins for Mad Men! pic.twitter.com/WDXqlTNkId
— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) January 11, 2016
In response, someone suggested Stephen Lang, a suggestion he re-tweeted. Then the following month in February, Lang’s Twitter feed became littered with re-tweets of the suggestion, culminating in this tweet from the actor himself:
— Stephen Lang (@IAmStephenLang) February 14, 2016
And since then, his feed has featured a non-stop stream of Cable related posts.
However, he’s not the only actor with his sights on this juicy role. When asked whether he would like to play a superhero sometime in the future, action star Dolph Lundgren said: “Isn’t there a character named Cable that’s coming? Like, he’s a big guy… Well, I guess I could kick some butt doing that I suppose. We’ll see. I saw the pictures. He looks a little like Drago mixed with Gunner Jensen mixed with I don’t know.”
OK, he doesn’t sound as set on the role as Lang. However, just recently, Ron Perlman, already known for his role as comic superhero Hellboy, threw his hat in the ring, so to speak, posting a side by side comparison of himself and Cable on Instagram.
So, what do you think? Do Lang, Lundgren or Perlman deserve to get the role? Is Liefeld’s dream of Hamm a better option? Who have you always seen in the role?