Josh Brolin to play Cable in Deadpool 2

Josh Brolin. (Getty Images)
Josh Brolin. (Getty Images)

Los Angeles  — Josh Brolin is expanding his comic book movie repertoire.

Representatives for the actor said on Wednesday that Brolin has been set to play the part of Cable in 20th Century Fox's Deadpool 2 opposite lead Ryan Reynolds. Brolin also plays the supervillain Thanos in various Avengers movies for competing studio Disney.

Reynolds had some choice words about Brolin's casting. On Twitter he took some issue with some of the past roles Brolin has played. 

Michael Shannon had been widely rumored to be the top pick for the Deadpool co-star.

Deadpool became a breakout hit in 2016, grossing over $783m worldwide. The irreverent and very R-rated comic book film even became an unlikely awards contender late in the game with two Golden Globe nominations and a Directors Guild of America Award nomination for Tim Miller.

David Leitch is directing the sequel, which is expected to hit theaters sometime in 2018.