In terms of all the fan casting going on right now in the online community, very few roles have been receiving quite as much attention as the still-uncast role of Cable in the already announced Deadpool sequel has. While current rumors indicate that Kyle Chandler could be the studio’s frontrunner for the part right now (or he was at some point, at least) though, that hasn’t stopped many fans from continuing to pursue one of the longest-running fan castings for the role in Avatar and Don’t Breathe star, Stephen Lang.
It’s not hard to see why either, considering that from his looks alone Lang could do a killer job as the beloved X-Force team member, even as it’s looking more and more like the studio and creative team are looking for someone a little bit younger for the role in the sequel.
Speaking with Mashable though, Lang was asked about the Deadpool 2 rumors, and responded with continued enthusiasm for the idea, while also noting his uncertainty regarding the likelihood of it actually happening at this point:
“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 basically, there have been no talks between the Deadpool team and Lang for the role yet, which makes us think that this could be one of those fan castings that never ends up coming to fruition, especially this far into the development process for the sequel.
Though, it doesn’t sound like Lang himself is that upset by it right now, with his eyes still set on James Cameron’s long-awaited Avatar sequels, which it sounds like Lang will be reprising his role as Colonel Quaritch in. Considering how long it’s been since the first Avatar however, I think it’d be a safe bet to say that anticipation towards a Deadpool sequel is probably much higher now than the idea of returning to the Avatar franchise is, especially since James Cameron’s 2009 film has continued to decrease in popularity and acclaim over the years since its initial release.
The Deadpool sequel does not currently have a release date.
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