Deadpool may soon have to deal with someone even tougher than Francis: the Sherriff of Hawkins, Indiana. David Harbour has reportedly gone through test screening for the role of Cable. The upcoming Deadpool 2 will feature the comic book character on the big screen for the first time. Harbour’s name is only one in the long list of actors speculated to play him, but he is the first one reported to be this close to landing the role.
The report that Fox had test-screened the Stranger Things actor was first shared by The Wrap. According to the report, Fox had declined comment. So, in other words, the studio had a chance to debunk the possibility of Harbor playing the time travelling mutant – but they didn’t.
Right now, this puts him squarely ahead of the pack of other actors speculated (or simply wished by fans) to play Cable in Deadpool 2. That would include Liam Neeson, Stephen Lang, and Pierce Brosnan.
The Son Of Scott
Cable is the alias of Nathan Summers – the son of X-Men hero Scott Summers aka Cyclops. He’s a telepath who first appeared in the comics as part of a plan to stop Apocalypse rising to power. He’s also been shown to have strong telekinetic abilities, along with superlative fighting skills and tremendous brute strength.
Cable is typically portrayed with a techno-organic body – as seen by his bionic arm and eye. He’s also often portrayed as a man of age – something that may come into contention with his casting.
As shared by Movie Web, the first Deadpool’s director, Tim Miller, wanted to cast 51-year-old Kyle Chandler in the role. However, Chandler was deemed too young. Miller has since departed from the project, leaving David Leitch to step up and take charge of the sequel. So it’s odd that David Harbour – much younger than Chandler at 42 – is even being considered to figure into Deadpool 2.
Perhaps, he’s just impressed so much that the filmmakers decided to disregard his actual age. Maybe they didn’t want to pass up the chance to pair him with Ryan Reynolds.
The Right Man
After all, catching David Harbour as Jim Hopper in Stranger Things boosts the confidence that he’s the right man for the job. The actor was tremendous in the Netflix series. He balanced toughness, stoicism, and heartfelt moments with aplomb, especially toward the last few episodes of its Award-winning first season. You can imagine this guy just trying to put up with a loudmouth like Deadpool.
Before that, he played David Patrick in State of Affairs. Harbour has also had smaller roles in major hits like Suicide Squad and Wolf of Wall Street.
Fox could do much worse than going ahead with Harbour.
Deadpool 2 is set for a March 2, 2018 release; so we’ll find out who’ll be stepping into Cable’s shoes really soon.