Ever since the Marvel Cinematic Universe really kicked into high gear a few years ago, fans have endlessly debated about which actors would be the best fit for specific characters. One such character is Luke Cage (a.k.a. Power Man), who has never before received a proper live-action adaptation on either the big or small screen. Whenever rumors of a possible Luke Cage film have been brought up, only a few men have repeatedly found their way onto the dream casting list, and one of them is definitely Terry Crews.
The former NFL player-turned-actor has proven himself to be more than capable of excelling at both action and humor, able to switch from badass to comedian in the course of the same scene. This skill set would seemingly make him a perfect choice to play the always tough, yet occasionally sarcastic, Hero for Hire. Not to mention that Crews is the spitting image of how Cage is currently drawn.
Unfortunately, Crews publicly withdrew himself from contention for the Cage role back in September, seemingly out of the belief that Marvel would never actually push forward with a film about a character it didn't see as a priority. That all changed in November though, when Marvel announced it was teaming with Netflix to create streaming series starring Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist.
With shooting on Daredevil set to begin in summer 2014, and Luke Cage sure to follow not too long after that, Crews has now seen fit to change his tune. During a recent interview with Collider, Crews expressed interest in the role, and seems to just be waiting for Netflix to contact him:
“I heard [it’s greenlit] but I haven’t gotten any calls. I’ve been hearing stuff like, ‘oh you’re too old,’ and I’m like, ‘Man do my workout 20 years ago and we’ll talk about who’s too old (laughs). Like I said, anything can happen, I never rule anything out. I’m game. There are no rules. What’s up, Marvel? I’m right here, baby. I ain’t goin nowhere. You know where I live! (laughs)"