Could Stephen Lang play Cable? Rob Liefeld thinks so
Posted by LiveFor on December 22, 2009
Rob Liefeld is the creator in question. He is the guy behind Deadpool, currently in early pre-production for a Ryan Reynolds starring film. He also developed the time travelling cybernetic mutant known as Cable.
Cable’s real name is Nathan Summers and he is the son of Cyclops and Jean Grey, but was taken far into the future after being infected by a techno-organic virus. His mutant powers of telepathy and telekinesis was off the charts but was mainly used to keep the virus at bay. He returned to the present day as an old grizzled warrior where he formed X-Force had many adventures and also teamed up with Deadpool for a while. He was last seen heading across time with the Mutant Messiah, Hope, while being pursued by Bishop. It is a very convoluted life for Cable but when written well he has been a cool character
Liefeld explained the creation of the character:
“ I was given a directive to create a new leader for the New Mutants. There was no name, no description besides a ‘man of action’ the opposite of Xavier. I created the look, the name, much of the history of the character. After I named him Cable, Bob suggested Quinn and Louise had Commander X” – Wikipedia
After seeing Avatar Liefeld posted the following on Twitter.
@robertliefeld Dear 20th Century Fox, Please sign Steven Lang as Cable and put him in your next X-men film. Thanks, Rob
@robertliefeld Steven Lang’s performance as Quaritch in Avatar was brilliant. Just attach a cyborg arm to him and presto! he’s Cable. Perfect age too.
Lang was one of the acting highlights in both Avatar (my review) and Public Enemies (review) and Liefeld’s comments are spot on. He would be the perfect Cable and I can’t believe I didn’t think of that when watching him in action.
If Cable was ever committed to film (maybe the Deadpool film would be the best place for his debut) then Lang is definitely the man to play him. However, they would have to leave out his hugely complex and twisted backstory for the film.
Don’t forget this is not saying that Cable is due to appear in any film, it is just the guy who created him coming up with a great idea – if he could just get the hang of drawing feet and backgrounds then he is laughing (an old joke I know – sorry Rob).