Comic book movie regular and now Marvel frequent employee, Idris Elba, let the world know a year ago that he was interested in playing other Marvel characters, namely Blade and Luke Cage. After a scene-stealing performance as Heimdall in Thor earlier this summer and presenting footage for his role in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Elba reiterates that he wants the studio to take full advantage of their multi-picture deal with the Brit actor.
During the Sony Pictures Comic-Con 2011 presentation where four upcoming major features were showcased, Idris Elba participated in the panel for the Ghost Rider sequel and fielded a fan question about Marvel roles he’d be willing to tackle and responded by re-affirming his interest in Luke Cage.
Not unlike the situation for Ant-Man, Luke Cage – or at least a Heroes for Hire film co-starring Iron Fist – is another property Marvel has name-dropped for years alongside the likes of Black Panther and Dr. Strange. Unfortunately for fans of Luke Cage aka Power Man, Marvel is focused on their core Avengers characters and creating franchises for each of them individually, alongside The Avengers team-up and its sequels.
Whether or not Luke Cage will get an introduction on the silver screen in the near future, Elba explained during the panel that he is definitely still interested in playing the character, referring to the audience and stating, “we just need to know that you want that.” He followed by saying that he “can do a lot with that character” given the chance.
Cage is a highly physical character and by the time they could get a film into production, Elba could be in his 40s (he’s 38 currently), so as talented as he is, Marvel likely would take a path similar to that of Thor in casting a younger, lesser-known actor to star.
Could you see Idris Elba bulk up to play Luke Cage for one or more films?
Until we find out more, look forward to The Avengers which stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Clark Gregg, Tom Hiddleston and Stellan Skarsgard. It is written and directed by Joss Whedon, opening in theaters on May 4, 2012.
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