Idris Elba Says ‘Luke Cage’ Has Already Been Cast and It’s Not Him
Actor Idris Elba, who has played multiple roles for Marvel in films such as Heimdall in “Thor” and its sequel “Thor: The Dark World” and Moreau, the motorcycle-riding monk in “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance,” has also expressed earlier in 2012 his interest to play the part for a superhero pic that might feature “Luke Cage,” but this wish might not come true. Read on to find out why.
A couple of years earlier, LA Times reported that a notable actor was having preliminary talks with Marvel Studios about a pic featuring the superhero “Luke Cage,” but nothing ever materialized. Since then, a lot of high-profile stars have expressed their desire to play the part — Tyrese Gibson, Isaiah Mustafa and Idris Elba.
“I think, you know, someone like Luke Cage, he’s a normal man that has an extraordinary ability. I think that works for me. I think that could get pretty dark and pretty sexy,” said Elba in an earlier interview with MTV News, as published on Comic Book.
In a recent interview with Reddit AMA, Elba was asked what it would take to get him into the job.
“Uh, I think there’s an actor already signed on for it, fortunately or unfortunately,” answered Elba and declined to elaborate.
It seems that his tie-in with the “Thor” franchise might have affected Marvel’s decision, since the studio has a policy against the same actor playing more than one character in the MCU.
Luke Cage, born Carl Lucas, who was also called Power Man, was created by Archie Goodwin and John Romita. Raised in the slums of Harlem, New York, Cage spent his childhood in a gang called The Rivals, engaging in many gang fights and a life of petty crime. Put through the juvenile justice system and realized the pain he was causing his family, Cage changed his ways, but things don’t seem to go as planned. He was the implicated for a crime he didn’t commit. Imprisoned, Cage would later volunteer for an experiment which will shorten his sentence and also grant him super strength and a nigh impenetrable skin. Eventually proven innocent and exonerated from his crimes, the African-American superhero set up his Hero for Hire business, teaming up with Danny Rand or more known as the hand-to-hand combatant superhero, “Iron Fist.” Cage would then later join the Avengers, as well as becoming leader for the villain filled superhero team Thunderbolts.
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