Brad Pitt is out of the running to play Cable in the upcoming “Deadpool” sequel. Four names have been linked to play the time-travelling, cybernetically-enhanced Cable, including Pitt. The other names suggested for the role are Michael Shannon, David Harbour and Russell Crowe.

Pitt’s name is no longer on that list according to director David Leitch who tells ComicBook.com:

“We had a great meeting with Brad, he was incredibly interested in the property. Things didn’t work out schedule-wise. He’s a fan, and we love him, and I think he would’ve made an amazing Cable.”

Shannon is currently the frontrunner. The film’s writer Rhett Reese recently told Coming Soon that they will play up the relationship between Cable and Deadpool in a specific way:

“Ryan plays Deadpool with a hint of femininity, and I think that can be funny opposite a Cable who’s uber-masculine. That’ll come into casting and performance and the character design and his wardrobe and things like that too. I think we’ll definitely play into that.”

Even though Shannon initially passed on the role, it appears as though there is a strong possibility that he could land the role due to some shifting in his schedule. Stranger Things‘ David Harbour should also not be counted out just yet. He may have played a part in one of 2016’s biggest television successes, but Harbour is not quite as recognizable as Shannon and could grow with Cable for years to come.

Deadpool 2 will also introduce Cable, the time-traveling son of the X-Men’s Cyclops. The character has one of the comic book medium’s more complicated origin stories, so it remains to be seen what will go into the backstory of the big screen Cable.

In the first Deadpool film, Wade Wilson (Reynolds) is a former Special Forces operative who now works as a mercenary. His world comes crashing down when evil scientist Ajax (Ed Skrein) tortures, disfigures and transforms him into Deadpool. The rogue experiment leaves Deadpool with accelerated healing powers and a twisted sense of humor. With help from mutant allies Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), Deadpool uses his new skills to hunt down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

Deadpool 2, directed by David Leitch after original helmer Tim Miller dropped out, will be released on March 2, 2018.

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