While Stephen Lang is preparing to see his Avatar villain on the big screen again as the Avatar 2 release date approaches, one thing that’s certainly not on his mind is the idea of nabbing a role in another major franchise. More specifically, Lang has given up hoping for the chance to play a Marvel villain.
Lang plays Colonel Quaritch in the original 2000s movie, a ruthless military man who looks to destroy everything the Na’vi have built on Pandora. The actor was mentioned as a candidate for the role of X-Men character Cable in Deadpool 2, but ultimately missed out on that opportunity.
When asked about a rise of fan-casting for Lang as General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross, Lang played it cool: “I’ve learned to keep my mouth shut about stuff like that. As you well know, I put out one tweet years ago about saying, ‘Sure, I’ll play Cable,’ and it became all of a sudden, ‘Lang is campaigning for the role’ and everything,” Lang said.
“All I can say is that I think Harrison Ford is a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful actor. I can’t think of anybody better in that role — except for maybe one or two people — but I have nothing to say upon those lines. I await the call from the ghost of Stan Lee, that’s all I can say,” Lang added.