Josh Brolin is one-step closer to transforming himself into the time-traveling mutant Cable in Deadpool 2, now sporting the character’s haircut. Twentieth Century Fox took people by surprise when they cast Brolin as Nathan Summers, aka Cable, two months ago. Not least of which is due to the fact that Brolin is pulling double-duty as the Mad Titan Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Plenty of people have portrayed characters in multiple superhero franchises before, but never this prolific and at the same time.
He made a brief appearance as Thanos in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy three years ago and is scheduled to reprise his role for a full appearance in the highly-anticipated Avengers: Infinity War next year. Filming is currently underway for the Avengers film, but when he’s not shooting his scenes, he has been bulking up to prepare for his role as Cable. It’s always great to see actors take their craft seriously enough to physically prepare for their roles, but Brolin also needs to transform the way he looks beyond his physique.
Today, Brolin has shared a new photo on Instagram of himself and his son, Trevor Brolin. He’s seen sporting a haircut similar to that of Cable in the comics: shaved sides with the top long and slicked back. All he has to do now is color his hair white.
Brolin had been one among many people linked to the highly-coveted role. At various points, the likes of Michael Shannon and Pierce Brosnan had reportedly been in the running. Another person closely associated with the project was Brad Pitt. In fact, concept art depicting Pitt as Cable had leaked online back in March, indicating that the actor had gone far along in the casting process. It seems that Brolin’s haircut (and possibly his expression) is comparable to Pitt’s in that leaked concept art.
It would be an understatement to say that people are excited about next year’s Deadpool sequel. Although last year’s movie wasn’t the first comic book movie to be rated R, it’s success did give 20th Century Fox enough confidence to allow James Mangold and Hugh Jackman to pursue and R rating for Logan. It’s possible that the film also convinced Millennium Films to reboot the Hellboy franchise with an R rating as well. Aside from becoming a genre-defining superhero film, Ryan Reynold’s performance as Deadpool is one of the most accurate superhero portrayals out there, and people can’t wait to see more of it (and Wade meet Nathan) come 2018.