Much to the surprise and delight of fanboys around the world, Deadpool was a film that managed to be a hit with fans and critics alike, and the low(ish)-budget superhero flick that could managed to break $750 million at the box office.
A sequel was inevitable, and even in the post-credits scene of the film, Deadpool himself points to the character of Cable as someone they’d likely have in the sequel -- though he was careful to stress that they hadn’t cast him yet. Immediately following that, actor Stephen Lang posted a photo of him at the gym with the subtitle “Let’s lay some Cable,” which many figured to be the start of him campaigning for the role.
But after that initial tweet, there was silence. Nothing from Lang, nothing from the studio. Nothing.
Speaking with Mashable, Lang discussed the status of his involvement with Deadpool 2 and clears the air about why he posted that tweet to begin with:
“Oh sure, I was a fan of the first Deadpool and I'd be delighted to be a part of that sequel, but I haven’t spoken to anyone about it. It kept cropping up on the internet that I should play Cable. The extent of what I did was, one day I was in the gym and I tweeted, "let's lay some Cable," and that became construed as my campaign for the part. Even now, if someone does fan art, I'll retweet it because I like keeping it alive. It's the same studio as Avatar, but I don’t know if that makes it easier or more difficult logistically. Either way, no one has approached me, and I can’t even say if I’m in the actual conversation. But they must be aware of it, because whoever makes those decisions must be aware of everything. Plus, I think I'd do a pretty bang-up job with the part. Having said that, understand that my obligation is to the largest, most successful film ever made, so Avatar takes precedence.”
So have steps been taken for Lang to play Cable? Not yet. Yet we can’t rule out the possibility that something will materialize down the line. At the same time, there are plenty of other actors who fans believe are in contention to take on the role, so we’ll have to wait and see.
What do you think of Lang’s comments? Are you disappointed that no one has contacted him, and do you think he’d be the best fit for the role? Let us know in the comments down below!
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SOURCE: Mashable, Stephen Lang