Man of Steel star Michael Shannon is the frontrunner to play Cable in Deadpool 2.  Though no official deal has been confirmed, Shannon has been the top choice for a week. This makes him on a list of contenders that includes multiple names that are yet unknown to the public. Three weeks ago, Stranger Things star David Harbour was reported as a competitor, and is still on the list. However, the list no longer includes Friday night Lights star Kyle Chandler, who last year was reported as an option.

For genre fans, Shannon is best known for his performance as Kryptonian General Zod in Man of Steel. He’s been nominated twice for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the films Revolutionary Road and Nocturnal Animals. The drama film 99 Homes earned him a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor nomination. An actor with powerful range, Shannon is someone fans will have no trouble seeing transform into a cyborg mutant warrior.

Michael Shannon Frontrunner For ‘Deadpool 2’s’ Cable

It’s not apparent yet how close Shannon is to getting the role. And with his recent booking on the indie film What They Had to shoot in the spring, it’s not even certain if Shannon will have time to play Cable. And if he does decide to sign on for the role of Cable, it’ll likely mean he has to make future appearances in more mutant blockbusters.

Shannon has signed on for superhero blockbusters before, so that’s an indication that he may be willing to accept a part in this multi-film franchise contract. We’ll have to wait to find out.

No official release date for the Ryan Reynolds‘ sequel has been announced yet. Director Tim Miller of the original Deadpool, however, will not be on board for the sequel, due to creative differences with Reynolds. Instead, co-director David Leitch will be the director overseeing the sequel.

Most of the creative team of the original Deadpool are signed on to return for the Marvel Comics sequel. Screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have been confirmed to return to handle the script duties.

Deadpool had opened on Valentine’s Day in 2016 to an astounding $782.6 million worldwide, giving the Fox film studio its biggest hit of 2016. It went on to become the highest-grossing R-rated film in history, surpassing The Matrix Reloaded.