By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS)
Josh Brolin has landed the coveted role of Cable in the upcoming Deadpool 2, starring alongside Ryan Reynolds.
Brolin, who also plays villainous overlord Thanos in Marvel Studios’ Avengers franchise (part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, separate from the X-Men Universe), has signed a deal with Fox to appear in four movies within the studio’s X-Men universe, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
Directed by David Leitch (John Wick), the sequel will reportedly start shooting this June in Vancouver and follows the phenomenal success of the first movie. Indeed, despite being R-rated, Deadpool (2016) grossed over $783 million worldwide from a modest $58 million budget and was even nominated for two Golden Globes.
First appearing in New Mutants and X-Men comics in 1990 (but 1986 as Nathan Summers), Cable is a ferocious warrior who was transported to the future as a child, and travels back to the present day where he often teams up with wisecracking mercenary Deadpool.
Brolin will also be joined by actress Zazie Beet (Atlanta) who has already been cast as mutant merc Domino.
Former child actor Brolin, who starred in iconic family adventure The Goonies (1985), is one of the hardest-working men in Hollywood and can next be seen in firefighter drama Granite Mountain, which opens in September. The 49-year-old is also reprising his role as an FBI agent in Soldado – the sequel to the critically acclaimed cop drama Sicario (2015) – alongside Benicio del Toro.
He will also appear as Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, which hits screens in 2018.
Deadpool 2 opens in 2018.