Comic Vine News

113 Comments

Terry Crews is "Game" to Play Luke Cage

Sweet Christmas, Crews!

Marvel is going to invade Netflix and one of the shows they have planned will be all about Luke Cage. As exciting as that may be, we can't help but wonder who Marvel will cast as the durable dude. Many names jump to mind, but during an interview with Collider, the very awesome Terry Crews joked that hasn't received any calls, but he'd be all for the part!

"Anything can happen. All I know is scheduling and all that stuff—anything can happen. I’m open to all kinds of things, but who knows? Actually I took myself out of the Luke Cage running a while back, just because it was people trying to put people against each other. [It was] Idris vs. Michael Jai and I’m like, ‘Wait a minute, this is not even greenlit! Can we talk to Marvel? Why are you talking to me? Don’t put me against my homeboy for a movie that’s not existing.’ I said, ‘Take me out!’ 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!”

Luke Cage isn't the only character getting his own mini-series on Netflix, either. Marvel's also released plans for four other shows to hit Netflix (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, The Defenders). Needless to say, you should get a Netflix account if you don't already have one. Perhaps this is just Phase One of the Netflix invasion? Could we see Moon Knight and others down the road, too? It's purely speculation, but we can dream, right?

Crews most definitely has the physique and charisma for the part, so would you want him to be Marvel's live-action version of the hero for hire? Or do you have another actor in mind? Don't be shy, jump into the conversation below.

Source: Collider

117 Comments
  • 117 results
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
Edited by AllStarSuperman

I hope he gets it

Posted by MaccyD

His personality would suit the part anyway.

Posted by inferiorego

Every Marvel fan is yelling "DUH!"

Staff
Posted by judasnixon

SWEET CHRISTMAS!!!

Posted by TheManInTheShoe

I love him in Brooklyn Nine-Nine and he looks like Cage too

Posted by MrMazz

He definatly has the look and the level of celbrity that Marvel normally goes for and heck I really like it. However Terry Crews is 45 years old which makes him good for maybe 2-3 films if we think 1 film=2 years (likely false). I just think he's to old which is a bummer.

Edited by Jonny_Anonymous

to old

Posted by JetiiMitra

I saw the Expendables and the Expendables 2 recently and I'd be game to see him play Luke Cage.

Posted by Mercy_

YES PLEASE

Moderator
Posted by Ducey13

Always been a fan of Crews. He seems perfect for the role the same way the RDJ, Patrick Stewart, and Hugh Jackman all were for their respective characters.

Posted by fables87

:D

Posted by MaccyD

@mrmazz: Luke Cage isn't going to be in much films, he's going to be in series more so.

Posted by AirDave817

Mister Obvious says, That would be ideal casting!

Posted by TheMantisShrimp

This is just like putting Scottie Young on the Rocket Raccoon ongoing. I would have never thought of it but once it gets brought up all I can think is that its the best most obvious choice. Hopefully he gets the role.

Posted by daredevil21134

I like it

Posted by PunyParker
Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt

everything about him screams Luke Cage

Posted by Farkam

Cool.

Posted by MrMazz

@maccyd: TV can certainly work better for someone his age and I used film as the example for time more due to Marvel deeper ties there but the time invested and product created could still be low. I would love this cast, if only he was 35.

Posted by SynCig

I would not want this. I know he is the ultimate fan pick for the character but I want to see a younger Luke Cage on screen. Ultimately it is about the performance though and if Crews is the best pick then he should get the part. I just think that a young and talented actor that could sustain the character if he becomes popular enough for a Luke Cage or Heroes For Hire or even The Defenders film franchise is a wiser choice. I don't want to see Cage recast every movie like we have gotten with the Hulk for three different films (I know one of those wasn't Marvel but still).

Posted by Erik

Crews has been nipping at the role for years. It's clear he is committed to playing the role.

Posted by TommytheHitman

Online
Edited by Captain13

Luke was in his 20s at the time of his origin and is currently in his early 30s, along with Danny Rand. As a 40 year-old man, Terry Crews is too old to play Luke Cage--especially at the start of his career.

https://majorspoilers.com/2013/03/31/hero-history-luke-cage/

Terry Crews is likable and has charisma, but this annoys me because you just know Marvel is going to pick age-appropriate people for the other characters and this choice would make Luke the old black man. That's how the Thundercats reboot ruined Panthro for me. Unless Matt, Jessica, and Danny are also in their 40s, which they won't be, this feels really wrong.

Plus, Crews is under contract for a different show anyway.

Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt
Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
Posted by TommytheHitman
Online
Posted by Shazam78

45? I'm 35 I wish I was in the physical shape that Crews is in. I don't he looks to old for the part at all. He's proven he can act, he can physically play the part he should definitely get it. No disrespect to anyone else who is actually going for it.

Edited by Captain13

I would suggest Mehcad Brooks and Lance Gross instead.

--

How come there wasn't a front page article when Idris Elba said he wanted to play Green Lantern? Just curious.

Posted by Alertcircuit

I love Terry Crews, other than the age thing it'd be pretty cool.

Posted by PunyParker
Posted by jamzdageek

@inferiorego: LOL that's exactly what I said when I saw the title of this post.

Edited by longbowhunter

Terry, if you were just 10 years younger. Still if he got cast I'd be pretty hype regardless.

Posted by PabloGdeAnda

HELL YES.
Also, Michael Jai White as Black Panther. That suits him way better

Posted by CitizenJP

He's a cool dude I really hope he gets it.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

WOuld be sper awesome!!

Edited by Captain13

I don't think this is real for a few reasons

1) I doubt Marvel is movie a bug budget movie character (Dr. Strange) from the big screen to the small one, so Mephisto makes no sense. From everything we've been told, Defenders will be a rebranded New Avengers team. And the budget of each show is about $40 million, which doesn't seem like enough to make Dr. Strange or Mephisto work.

2) Kang the Conqueror and the Skrulls are not in Marvel's hands but Fox's because Fox has the Fantastic Four rights.

3) I doubt they are going to introduce Spider-Woman when they don't want to help audience association between their Universe and Sony's Universe since they are doing what they can to get the Spider-man rights back.

Posted by Mune

This put a big stupid grin on my face, I think it would be a lot of fun to see Crews as Cage, lore be damned!

Edited by CF12793

I'm not sure where this is from but damn it got me excited.

Posted by AmazingWebHead

As long as he doesn't have a tiara and disco shirt.

Edited by Captain13

HELL YES.

Also, Michael Jai White as Black Panther. That suits him way better

Chadwick Boseman will totally be the Black Panther. MJW is awesome, but the studio wouldn't trust him to carry a $150+ million film.

Posted by pspin

Terry Crews would be great, but he is a little old. He does have the right physicality and attitude though.

What ever happened to Isaiah Mustafa? Besides dropping off the face of the earth, didn't he make a fan film and everything?

I think that maybe someone a little younger would be better, true it is a tv series but still; Marvel has had great success at making little (un)known actors work, why change now?

Posted by TheBlackHood

I have never been a fan of Luke Cage. This would make me a fan of Luke Cage. That is all.

Edited by Captain13

The Marvel shows are supposed to play out over 3 years. In 3 years, Terry Crews will be 48. And yes, he looks his.

@amazingwebhead said:

As long as he doesn't have a tiara and disco shirt.

I still want him to go by "Power Man" and for him to wear a costume of some sort (maybe even Power Man III's costume; fun fact: Luke is Power Man II). Luke did the hero thing because he was on the run, had powers, and needed cash. When the world is filled with superheroes, people are willing to pay more for a superhero than an average body guard or P.I. So even if Luke's identity is public, I really hope they don't go with the jeans and t-shirt look.

http://majorspoilers.com/2013/03/31/hero-history-luke-cage/

After all, his longest running title was called "Power Man and Iron Fist."

Posted by The_Comebacks
Posted by Aeroman

hooray

Posted by StMichalofWilson

He's a cool dude I really hope he gets it.

Sweet Christmas, that would be awesome!

Online
Posted by inferiorego

I don't think this is real for a few reasons

1) I doubt Marvel is movie a bug budget movie character (Dr. Strange) from the big screen to the small one, so Mephisto makes no sense. From everything we've been told, Defenders will be a rebranded New Avengers team. And the budget of each show is about $40 million, which doesn't seem like enough to make Dr. Strange of Mephisto work.

2) Kang the Conqueror and the Skrulls are not in Marvel's hands but Fox's because Fox has the Fantastic Four rights.

3) I doubt they are going to introduce Spider-Woman when they don't want to help audience association between their Universe and Sony's Universe since they are doing what they can to get the Spider-man rights back.

I don't think this is legit for one reason.

No one in film does this. Sure, there may be production notes here and there, but the only films that Marvel would list would be sure things and the vast majority of these are not that. Also, they wouldn't list their villains next the title of the film. That's just silly.

Staff
Posted by sonova

I like how age is the main reason to disagree with casting him... cause Hollywood ALWAYS cast according to age... Honestly, how many of you can look at the man and tell he's 45? For that matter how old does Luke in the Comics "LOOK"? I mean this is the same hollywood that had Rachel McAdams playing a High School student at 27, Gave us a show centered around high school teens that got intergalactic space robots (All of who were damn near 30) Is STILL letting Leonardo Dicaprio play a 20 something year old..... I mean honestly if you didn't know anything about Luke or Terry's age's this wouldn't be an issue.... Comic Fans put too much thought into such trivial things...

On a side note, I do agree with casting Mehcad Brooks or Lance Gross just because I like when Lukes depicted as indestructible but not hulking.

Edited by Teerack

I think he'd be a good Cage.

  • 117 results
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3