As the Deadpool sequel barrels toward production, it's very clear that the future of the X-Men on the big screen will embrace the R-rated action that made the Merc With a Mouth's movie a hit. What isn't clear yet is which actors will fight alongside Reynolds in his quest for more chimichanga-laced glory. Now, we might know at least one big name.
The Wrap reports that one of its sources has named Stranger Things star David Harbour as the actor being "eyed" for the role of Cable, the gun-toting, cybernetically enhanced mutant warrior from the future.
Fox hasn't commented on the report, and Harbour's reps haven't weighed in yet, so we have to take this with a grain of salt right now. Still, if true, this is very interesting casting. Harbour's not a major movie star. He's a veteran actor with two decades of experience, but he can't match Ryan Reynolds on the marquee. That allows him to disappear into the character a little more, so that we could end up watching Cable instead of a movie star we all recognize playing Cable, and that would be a welcome change from a large portion of superhero casting.
It's also interesting to note that, at 41, Harbour's actually on the younger end of the Cable casting spectrum, or at least he is if you're looking for the traditional silver-haired version of the character. Harbour can certainly play older than he is, but his age could work in Fox's favor as they work toward things like X-Force. You don't want to cast someone who's, say, 55, and then watch them bow out after only two films when you're sitting on a sequel goldmine.
Again, this is all speculative at the moment, but with both Deadpool 2 and X-Force developing as we speak, it's about time for Fox to finally find their Cable, and Harbour would bring a toughness and an authority to the role, not to mention some genre cred thanks to Stranger Things.
What do you think? Is Harbour the right choice to be Nathan Summers?