Marvel's looking for a Luke Cage, and one star isn't shy about offering his services.
Ever since Marvel Studios signed a massive deal with Netflix for five limited series about various Marvel superheroes, including Luke Cage, we've been wondering who will finally win the role of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Power Man. The idea of Luke Cage on the screen has been circulating for more than a decade, and in that time everyone from Isaiah Mustafa to Jamie Foxx to Idris Elba to Michael Jai White to Tyrese Gibson seems to have been considered for the role.
But there's another star whose name has also popped up in the endless fan discussions about Luke Cage, one who's already nailed the character's physique: Terry Crews, the former-NFL player-turned-movie-star best known for his roles in Idiocracy, The Expendables and, most recently, the Golden Globe-winning Fox sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine. In a new interview, Crews revealed that while he's certainly interested in Luke Cage now, he actually withdrew from consideration for the role sometime in the past because he didn't like the idea of being competitive with friends of his who were also up for it.
"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," Crews said.
"[It was] Idris [Elba] vs. Michael Jai [White] 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!’"
At 45, Crews would be among the oldest Marvel Studios superheroes if he actually got the role (Robert Downey Jr. is 48, while Mark Ruffalo is 46), but he's not going to let that stop him. He's definitely in the right physical shape for the role, and based on his shout-out to Marvel in the interview, he's definitely got the right attitude. Here's what he said about being ready to take on Luke Cage if Marvel wants to make it happen:
"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),'" Crews said. "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!"
So if Marvel's still not sure who they want for their Luke Cage series (and if they are, they haven't announced it), it sounds like Crews is more than willing to talk them into giving him a shot.
Check out video of Crews talking about Luke Cage below.