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Idris Elba Officially Announces His Candidacy To Play "Luke Cage" (Who Else Is In The Mix?)

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act July 24, 2011 at 12:03PM

So, in case you've haven't been paying attention in the last few months, a number of actors have been campaigning for the opportunity to play Luke Cage for Marvel Studios.
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So, in case you've haven't been paying attention in the last few months, a number of actors have been campaigning for the opportunity to play Luke Cage for Marvel Studios.

Most recently, Tyrese Gibson said in an interview while promoting Transformers :Dark Of The Moon, " I’ve been interested in that project and have been keeping my eyes on it for years... Marvel just has to make Luke Cage a priority. Everybody wants to see Luke Cage. I got my headband ready, my muscles are ready, and I’m ready for Luke Cage."

Also, Isaiah Mustafa has also been actively campaigning, going as far as to create a short video featuring himself as Cage. We posted that previously, but I embedded it again below if you missed it.

And yesterday, at Comic-Con, while discussing his character in the upcoming Ghost Rider movie, Idris Elba for the first time publicly threw his name into the hat of potential candidates to play the part. Attendees of the festival say that Idris talked more about Luke Cage than he did about the film he was there to push - Ghost Rider.

The crucial part of the conversation went like this:

Host: Are there any other comic projects you [Elba] would like to do?

Elba: [Takes a deep breath and dramatic pause] Luke Cage, [he says in a deep voice, crowd reportedly goes wild] We [Marvel] just need to know that you [the fans] want that.”

I should add that, unlike the other 2 actors, Elba does already have a multi-picture deal with Marvel, so, I'd say the money is on him to play the part - at least, of the 3 gentlemen mentioned in this post. There are likely others being considered as well.

But all this noise about Luke Cage lately could very well mean that a film based on the character could very well be closer than we think, and an announcement might be imminent... maybe.

But I agree with both Elba and Tyrese... about Marvel needing to make Luke Cage a priority and get the damn thing into production, after years yacking about doing it.

Other names rumored to be in the running include Michael Jai White and Terry Crews.

So who should play Luke Cage? Watch a couple of video campaigns below.

Here's Mustafa making his case for cage:

And here's one that was sent to me pushing an unknown actor named Erik Thomas Wilson:

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