Cable Almost Made It Into DAYS OF FUTURE PAST; Rob Liefeld Has Some Casting Suggestions
Last year it was announced that Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow was working on a X-Force script for Fox. Fans were very excited at the possibility of Cable and Deadpool finally making their way onto the big screen. The dynamic duo are more prominent members of the special team created by Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza, and Liefeld has even hinted on Twitter a few times that Wadlow may use the two fan-favorite characters in his roster. While it seems X-Force is now on hold in the wake of the X-Men: Apocalypse announcement, it was recently revealed that Cable almost made his way into Days of Future Past.
While appearing on Empire Magazine‘s spoiler podcast, Days of Future Past scribe Simon Kinberg revealed that he and original director Matthew Vaughn tossed around the idea of introducing Cable in the film and sending him back in time. But once writing really got underway, the two men decided Wolverine was the better candidate for the mission (via ComicBook):
Wolverine seems like the immediate, reflex, sort of obvious person to choose, but it wasn’t for us, maybe because we’re not that smart, but Matthew Vaughn and I, who was the director at the time and with whom I developed the screenplay initially, we explored the notion of Bishop being sent back, Cable being sent back, a new character being sent back, who we could cast old and then sort of cast in the prominent part of his life as a new young actor. Somewhere in that process we just looked at each and I really don’t remember when it was to be honest, and just said, ‘We have a character who doesn’t age and happens to be the most popular character in the movie franchise,’ and as Hugh Jackman almost literally hasn’t aged, it then became Wolverine who we sent back in time
Bishop had a prominent (yet minor role) in the movie, so it would have been interesting to see him travel time like his comic book counterpart. Then again, introducing Cable and sending him back would be just as interesting. Kinberg‘s original idea of casting an older actor and then going back in time and introducing the younger version could have definitely set up some big things for the X-Men franchise going forward. With Cable being an important part of the Apocalypse storyline, maybe we’ll see the mutant on the big screen then. We’ll just have to wait and see.
In related news, Rob Liefeld offered up his dream casting for Cable earlier today when the question arose on Twitter. The comic book writer and artist thinks Jon Hamm or Tom Hardy would make a good Cable. With Hardy already having a comic book role to his resume, Hamm seems the more likely of the two. While the Mad Men actor is a favorite for a lot of DC roles, a recent fan image of the actor as Cable that has been making the rounds may make you change your mind about that. What do you think?
— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) June 2, 2014
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