'Hail Caesar'' Photo Call - 66th Berlinale International Film FestivalJosh Brolin has been cast as Cable in "Deadpool 2."

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the actor signed a four-movie deal to play the mutant, who's part of the "X-Men" universe. The role has been hotly contested, with names like Michael Shannon, David Harbour, Russell Crowe, and Brad Pitt in the mix.

This is Brolin's second Marvel-related role; he played the villain Thanos in "Guardians of the Galaxy" and will reprise the role in "The Avengers: Infinity War" in 2018.

"Deadpool 2" brings back Ryan Reynolds as the foul-mouthed, wisecracking mercenary. "Atlanta" star Zazie Beetz is getting on board as mercenary Domino. Now, Brolin joins them as Cable, who is described as the opposite of Deadpool -- "a man who is a leader and used to being obeyed, who is very controlled but with an aura of simmering violence." In the comics, Cable is from the future and is the adult son of Scott Summers, aka Cyclops.

"Deadpool 2" is set to begin filming this summer and slated for release in 2018.

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