Shane Morehead, Staff Writer

Fox announced the release date for “Deadpool 2” as June 1, 2018. Shooting will begin sometime in June of this year. The first movie earned $783 million, making it the top-grossing R-rated film of all time. The sequel is expected to make just as much, if not more. There have been a lot of movie series that just fail when they get a sequel, but “Deadpool 2” has the potential to surpass the original. More cast members have been announced along with the release date. One important character that has been officially cast is Cable. For the past few months, there’s been a lot of speculation about who will be cast as Cable in “Deadpool 2.” A number of actors have been considered, such as “Stranger Things” actor David Harbour, Brad Pitt, and even Russell Crowe. After a deal with Michael Shannon fell through, Josh Brolin was announced as the actor. He’s signed a four-movie deal to portray Cable in “Deadpool 2,” “X-Force,” and other mutant movies. Brolin should be familiar to comic book fans; he played Jonah Hex in the 2010 movie. More recently, he voiced Thanos in “Guardians Of The Galaxy,” and he’s set to play Mad Titan in “Avengers: Infinity War.” Karan Soni is coming back as the taxi driver Dopinder. The actors for Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Colossus are also returning for the sequel. The movie might also feature a cameo or two to better merge the X-Men and Deadpool. That’s one thing that might be a difficult task. The two series have very different tones that need to come together somehow. X-Men movies are mostly serious and they have glorified heroes and “Deadpool” was a laidback, and funny movie. Regardless of how they do it, the movie should be a huge success.