Pierce Brosnan as Cable.
Obviously, the first image of Pierce Brosnan that pops into your head is from Goldeneye—either the movie or the Nintendo 64 game, depending on how quick your household was to embrace the PlayStation.
If your brain reaches for the game first, you might just see Brosnan fitting as Cable. After all, the actor’s head is essentially a large rectangle, right? That feels very appropriate for the character.
If, on the other hand, you’re trying to imagine 90s era James Bond with an ill-fitting metal arm and a series of pouches, you’re probably looking at something eerily like David Hasselhoff as Nick Fury, and wondering if everyone at Fox has gone absolutely nuts.
If this is the case, scrub everything you thought you knew about Pierce Brosnan from your mind. Die Another Day was a long time ago, and in the years since, the actor has gone grey incredibly gracefully.
Here he is, hanging out with Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds, looking like a distinguished silver fox.
See, now that’s a Cable.
Sure, Brosnan doesn’t have the hulking mass that you’d expect from the character, but then, who does? Arnold Schwarzenegger in his prime couldn’t hold a candle to a Rob Liefeld drawing.
Get Brosnan to the gym for a bit, pack on some extra biceps with a muscle suit, this could definitely work.
The only problem would be the voice. A classy cut-glass Queen’s English accent really wouldn’t work. But Brosnan’s proven himself capable of dabbling in fake accents, and he’s at least as good as that awful attempt Benedict Cumberbatch made in Doctor Strange.
Yes, Pierce Brosnan. That could work, actually. He might not fit the role quite as well as, say, Ron Perlman, but he’ll definitely do.
Of course, all of this speculation is purely based off a couple of social media posts from Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds—it’s hardly concrete evidence that Brosnan has been cast in the movie.
Heck, Jackman continues to insist that he’s absolutely definitely not appearing in Deadpool 2, so if these photos are from a sneaky actor meeting for the film, there’s a whole separate kettle of fish to get into.
But this is something, at least. There’s an ever so slight chance that Pierce Brosnan might have been cast as Cable, and he got together with Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds to talk about the logistics of playing a popular comic book character.
If that’s the case, there are worse choices that Fox could have gone with. And there are certainly worse roles that Brosnan has played.