Marvel talked to Idris Elba about playing Luke Cage ... so what happened?

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Nov 21, 2013

Sure, he's already the Heimdall to Hemsowrth's Thor, but Idris Elba could be a great Luke Cage. Will he be, though? 

Marvel isn't against the notion of recasting actors in multiple parts, so it's not hard to believe that, despite his previous role in Thor, Idris Elba could take on the future Netflix star, Luke Cage. As it turns out, Marvel did approach him about just that, except at a time when Cage was being considered for the big screen rather than the small one.

Sadly, Elba's retelling has an abrupt and unsatisfying conclusion.

There was talk about Luke Cage at one time – I thought Luke Cage was a pretty interesting character. They were going to do it, but I don’t know what happened…

Well, what seems to have happened is that Marvel decided it was best to test the proverbial waters in the relatively new format of Netflix streaming rather than put Marvel B-listers directly into the movies. There are benefits to that decision, but the downside is that Elba is almost definitely too costly a get at this point for what will likely be a more low-budget Luke Cage series.

C'est la vie.

(via Bleeding Cool)

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