Deadpool creator wants Russell Crowe for Cable and tells him so

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Feb 27, 2017

Comic book writer Rob Liefeld thinks Russell Crowe should play Cable in Deadpool 2, and Crowe is listening.

It's been pretty much a foregone conclusion since Deadpool 2 was officially announced that X-Force leader Cable would show up in the sequel, but a bit of controversy has swirled around the character and his casting ever since. One of the reasons that the first film's director, Tim Miller, allegedly walked off Deadpool 2 was that he wanted Kyle Chandler (Super 8) for the role but was shot down by Ryan Reynolds and the studio, 20th Century Fox, with the latter interested in offering the part to Liam Neeson.

Well, Cable has still not been cast -- even though Deadpool 2 now has David Leitch (John Wick) as its director -- but that has not stopped the creator of both Cable and Deadpool, Rob Liefeld, from offering up Russell Crowe as his choice for the role. In fact, he tweeted his thoughts at Crowe directly, although he almost flubbed it at first:

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Crowe seems a little miffed initially -- a star of his stature doesn't usually "read" or audition for anything and is simply offered a part, sometimes after meeting with the director. As Liefeld attempts damage control, however, Crowe -- who doesn't say outright that he's interested, but also doesn't say he's not -- seemingly leaves the door open:

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Based on this, it's hard to gauge how familiar Crowe is with the character, but since his only previous superhero film experience has been as Superman's father Jor-El in 2013's Man of Steel, there's no room for conflict there since Jor-El has been long vaporized. Should Ryan Reynolds, David Leitch and Fox look into this? Do you think Crowe would make a good fit for Cable?

(via Slashfilm)