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Tyrese Still Adamant About Playing Luke Cage. Who Should Play The Character?

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 28, 2011 9:52 AM
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Lookout Isaiah Mustafa, Idris Elba, Jamie Foxx and who else has been in contention for the part... Tyrese Gibson wants to make sure we don't forget that HE still wants to play Luke Cage, whenever Marvel Studios decides to make the project a priority, telling The Rogue Network:

"Yeah man. 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. Marvel has to make this movie a priority man. Everybody wants to see Luke Cage. The fans have been talking about it forever. They have to do it for the fans... I see what they are doing with Green Lantern and all these other films, that’s great but they need to step it up on Luke Cage. It’s time to get this thing going and I’m ready. I got my headband ready, my muscles are ready, and I’m ready for Luke Cage. Marvel has to get ready. Marvel has to step it up and get this movie written and done so that we can go into production on it. The time is now.

I couldn't agree with him more... about Marvel needing to make Luke Cage a priority and get the damn thing into production, after years yacking about doing it. However, I'm not so sure I agree that Tyrese is THE guy for the part; do you?

Tyrese also reiterated his hopes that John Singleton, who's long been attached to direct a Luke Cage movie, will still be interested in the project, especially if Tyrese is cast in the lead role.

And as for what he likes about the character, Gibson stated, "I just relate to his strength as a leading man with the history that he has. I like his story, the layers. It’s his character. It’s not just blowing up shit and fighting people, you know? I can relate to that guy a lot."

So who should play Luke Cage?

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23 Comments

  • WTC | July 20, 2011 5:23 AMReply

    Michael Jai White or Terry Crews.

  • Danny Jones | July 18, 2011 10:51 AMReply

    My money is on Eric Thomas Wilson as Luke Cage. He has a sick trailer and the dude is jacked. Tyrese is too short for the part. And as far as the "old spice guy", he doesn't even look like he works out.

    http://youtu.be/XEVJqpZZPbc

  • reghanson | July 18, 2011 7:28 AMReply

    oops tried to embed, here is the NEW LUKE CAGE TRAILER

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJwZbS1d-Jg

  • RegHanson | July 18, 2011 7:26 AMReply

    NO WAY he should get the role! So far the best suited/fit for the job is ERIC THOMAS WILSON! No one else it tall/active/buff enough, this dude has my vote!

    <iframe width="560" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/tJwZbS1d-Jg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

  • misha | July 3, 2011 11:10 AMReply

    @Rasheed, Thank you! It's really not that serious, folks. Damn. LOL

  • CareyCarey | June 30, 2011 3:47 AMReply

    Jug, I didn't even noticed the "AC" thang even though I wrote it. Really, I don't even know why I used AC? I called myself shortening his name to AV.

    Damn, I need a new kind of drug.

    And btw, I answered.

  • Neziah | June 29, 2011 9:37 AMReply

    I'd rather see a "Black Panther", "Icon", "Hardware", "Blood Syndicate", or "Static Shock" film, they have much stronger back stories and could make for great superhero franchises if done right. There are many great black superheroes out there, the majority of which come from the Milestone comics that Dwayne McDuffie and his team made, but Hollywood is probably too afraid to touch that kind of material. Not everyone watches TV, so let "Luke Cage" come to the big screen and let's see how it'll do, if it does bad then oh well, but I'd at least give it a chance, it's rare enough for black superheroes to be on the big screen as it is(and I'm talking lead, not supporting).

  • Jug | June 29, 2011 9:24 AMReply

    And I'm a jerk for trying to shorten Accidental Visitor's name & putting "AC". My bad :-/

  • AccidentalVisitor | June 29, 2011 6:45 AMReply

    {{{ For those who’ve mentioned that Luke Cage is not “known” enough or a “c-list character”, so was Blade and Wesley did a great job with that. If it wasn’t for that first Blade Marvel wouldn’t really have as successful a film division as it does now. Like ANY film you just need a well done story and a well written script and decent actors and a good director. As far as the popularity of the comic character, big deal. }}}

    Good points but the difference is that no one was going around saying "I wanna play Blade" before there was a script. because most folks' knowledege of Blade was non-existent in the first place. Wesley Snipes came aboard once the producers were in place and there was a script to go by, he was not trying to toss his hat into the ring of a POSSIBLE movie years before a script was even put together.

    Also since Blade was the film that got the Marvel comics movies going, it was a less cynical time when Wesley decided to take on the role. After all no one could imagine the huge successful era of the superhero genre that was just around the bend. However now that Hollywood studios are eager to do tons of superhero films, it comes across to me that guys like Tyrese and Idris are more interested to jump aboard a successful trend rather than seeking out good work. And, frankly until you see a script or know who the people behind the film is going to be, how do you know if the work eevn has a chance at being any good? It isn't as if a movie of Luke Cage will be based upon some successful series of books or graphic novels.



    {{{ As to the question of Tyrese, no. Hell no. He’s not a good enough actor to pull this off. If anyone should play Luke Cage it’s Michael Jai White. My only other choice would be Chiwetel Ejiofor. They have the look and physical prowess as well as the acting capabilities to pull this off and make it successful. }}}

    I love Ejiofor but he ain't no Luke Cage. Thankfully though Ejiofor isn't one of those guys who publicly goes around campaigning for such "opportunities" anyway.

  • AccidentalVisitor | June 29, 2011 6:28 AMReply

    {{{ But I don’t see anything wrong with him expressing a desire to play the part…same for Idris and any other black actor. *shrugs* }}}


    The problem with it is that every black superhero could be considered underdeveloped. Not to mention there is hardly one that is considered a legit household name. I can understand white actors wanting to play Superman, Batman, Spiderman, etc even without seeing a script bceuase those characters are iconic characters who have been given tremendous storylines over the past six or more decades. Not one black character comes close to that level however. So when someone like Idris, who has growing clout, tosses his name out there as being someone interested in playing a random black superhero, it smacks of desperation to be part of the current Hollywood superhero fascination. In other words black actors like Idris realize they aren't going to be seriously considered for Captain America, so they express interest in portraying, say, the black Green Lantern. It doesn't matter if they have no idea who John Stewart/the black Green Lantern is. It doesn't matter if they lack any knowledge of the character's origin or background that would make the character an interesting fellow to build a movie around. They just want "in" when it comes to the superhero game and thus any character will do. How else do you explain black actors willing to publicly express a desire to play relatively little known characters without first knowing who the directors, producers and writers of such projects would be? Also I'm willing to bet all my earnings that if someone pressed Tyrese and asked him what would make a Luke Cage movie a great movie experience he would not have a single worthy response. Deep down I'm pretty sure a large part of his enthusiasm for such a project is the notion that it would be cool to have a black superhero on the big screen. Unfortunately that alone doesn't guarantee that the such a film would be any good.

  • AsheHunt | June 29, 2011 5:58 AMReply

    For those who've mentioned that Luke Cage is not "known" enough or a "c-list character", so was Blade and Wesley did a great job with that. If it wasn't for that first Blade Marvel wouldn't really have as successful a film division as it does now. Like ANY film you just need a well done story and a well written script and decent actors and a good director. As far as the popularity of the comic character, big deal.

    As to the question of Tyrese, no. Hell no. He's not a good enough actor to pull this off. If anyone should play Luke Cage it's Michael Jai White. My only other choice would be Chiwetel Ejiofor. They have the look and physical prowess as well as the acting capabilities to pull this off and make it successful.

  • Jug | June 29, 2011 5:48 AMReply

    Not only did AC kill it, but here's what everybody is missing-Superheroes are over! If you're doing superheroes NOW you missed the boat. Like Vampires. Vampire ish is played. Now all of this is in the filmworld. TV is something altogether different, it's wide open for the right cable network (broadcast will fuck it up, trust me). But look at the numbers for GREEN LANTERN compared to what it cost, it did not do well at all. BATMAN is an already proven commodity, as much for the property itself as it is for Chris & Jonah Nolan's work. But JLA, Wonder Woman, Aquaman people are starting to look at all this stuff sideways. X-MEN: FIRST CLASS is a good example of it, which was really hurt by X3 & WOLVERINE (I always want to call it "Listerine" that movie sucked so bad). AVENGERS will probably do well, but that franchise has been established. And BLADE was really more about a vampire movie than it was a superhero comic movie, until people found out about it. Even if it wasn't a comic, it would've done the same numbers because it was cool as hell & it had Wesley. If it was made now, might have a tougher time. Speaking of that, I wonder if they said "uhh can we make him white?" LOL

    Hollywood, for all of it's "non-creativeness" knows when a trend is petering out. By the time you see the movie, it's almost 2 years in, soup to nuts. So they have moved on to the next fix, which is steadily becoming old bible/mythology stories & deconstructions of fairy tales. I thought Westerns were going to make a return after TRUE GRIT but I guess you can't have that much CGI in a revenge tale set in the middle of nowhere on a horse. I think old school Mob movies are going to make a return to the stage, which is going to be interesting since Hollywood is stuck on stupid with all these 20 year olds. My secret prayer is that black dudes slowly become in vogue with all this DJANGO UNCHAINED talk & Idris & Mackie in everything folks may want to have more black male actors just to fill those roles-or they write more black characters. Remember, Hollywood does what the next man is doing, chasing it's own tail.

    I think comics will still have life in movies, but they won't be "super heroes" as we know them. They'll be extra-ordinary worlds, fantasy, sci-fi & the like. But folks in tights, we're sick of it-especially when you make me pay an extra 5 bucks for some damn drivel. One of my partners took his family to see TRANSFORMERS, said it's gonna cost him $70...70 friggin' dollars?!? And that's just for the movie! Not even sure if the drinks & popcorn & candy are in that deal.

    Going to movies is getting as bad as price gouging at the pump-you know you "have" to do it so we're gonna burn you.

    As for the politicking, AC is on it. There are only a few black superheroes worth a damn at Marvel & DC, who are the main shops for movies right now. So they're campaigning to be THE guy for any of them. The funny thing is most of the characters are either super brawny or young teens, so avg sized dudes like Chiwetel or Mackie aren't really in that fray, but trust folks want to be on that wagon. It's like that episode of Entourage where Vinny is deciding if he wants to play Aquaman. They're courtside at a Lakers game & Ari points at some other guys on the court in the "rich" seats & says "Iron Man, Spiderman, Batman..."

    Needless to say Vinny did Aquaman.

  • CareyCarey | June 29, 2011 4:25 AMReply

    Oh boy, I see some of my favorite big hitters have showed up. Well, on this issue I have to side with AccidentalVistor.

    "Tyrese doesn’t even look like Luke Cage, or at least not the Cage I grew up with. That Luke Cage had hair, a mini-fro that he kept even through the 90s"

    “Everybody wants to see Luke Cage?”. No one gives a fuck actually. Cage is a C level character at best. To make his story interesting would require a GREAT script that does not rely too heavily on the flimsy origins and storylines provide for the character by Marvel Comics"

    "every black superhero could be considered underdeveloped. Not to mention there is hardly one that is considered a legit household name. I can understand white actors wanting to play Superman, Batman, Spiderman, etc even without seeing a script"

    "it comes across to me that guys like Tyrese and Idris are more interested to jump aboard a successful trend rather than seeking out good work. And, frankly until you see a script or know who the people behind the film is going to be, how do you know if the work eevn has a chance at being any good? It isn’t as if a movie of Luke Cage will be based upon some successful series of books or graphic novels"

    Damn, AC killed this one. Honesty is the best policy and who can deny that only a very small few knows anything about a damn Cage. Come on now, how is his character going to carry a film? I looked back in a few of my son's comics and I had a hard time finding our what the hell he did. Super powers? Super tough? Fighting for his woman or for the hood? HIs costumes wasn't a costumes, it was ripped up jeans. And yeah, bald heads my be "in" these days, but Cage wore a baby fro. And who wants to see Tyrese wearing Samuel Jackson's wig from Pulp Fiction.

    Look, Tyrese playing this character is wrong for so many reasons. Besides, as AC stated, " No one gives a fuck actually. Cage is a C level character at best.

    Sh*t, what's next, Idris should play MR T? I pitty the fool :-)

  • Rasheed | June 29, 2011 4:00 AMReply

    @AccidentalVisitor
    Damn. Just a bit cynical, are you? LOL.
    Look, let the brothers talk up Black superheroes. Ryan Reynolds has been talking up Deadpool for years with no actual script or concept. What's the harm in the brother's trying to get into the superhero game?

  • theyounglion | June 29, 2011 3:26 AMReply

    I agree with Jug. It would best be done as a series on cable TV. The character is not that well known among non-comic fans, and getting a studio to put up the financing and marketing money for a Luke Cage movie is pretty remote...especially after the lackluster performance of the heavily-promoted "Green Lantern".

    There's also the elephant in the room of Luke Cage being a black character. Unless they get Will Smith to play him (and I most certainly DO NOT think Smith is the guy to play him), does anyone really think they will invest the needed money in a movie about a lower B-level character that is also black? And starring Tyrese or Mustafa or Idris or Foxx? Uh, no.

    It would be much easier to sell a TV series. And better too, I think. They would be able to fully explore the character, and the Hero for Hire concept, and also make it the hard, gritty story it should be (instead of a PG or PG-13 cop-out). Then, if the character catches on and generates buzz in the popular culture, there will be the possibility of a movie.

  • Dankwa Brooks | June 29, 2011 3:22 AMReply

    Tyrese's body frame is to little to be Luke Cage. I don't care how many trainers he go to. Maybe the side kick or little brother.

    I go with Jug on the tv series tip JUST a cable series. Cable series usually get at least a year pick up. Broadcast TV you have to hit the ground running or get cancelled.

  • geoffrey thorne | June 29, 2011 3:17 AMReply

    Michael Jai White. He can act. He's smart. He's tough. He can actually fight. And, oh yeah, he can act.

  • Mike | June 29, 2011 3:02 AMReply

    TV show or movie, it would be great to see it onscreen and done well. While the character has developed over the 40+ years since its creation, like Blade, there's certainly room for a film to flesh the character out and provide a look and focus that didn't consistently exist in the comic book.

    Given that television shows generally don't get much time to find an audience, and the fact that over the last few years Marvel Studios has made a solid effort to make good films (even when they fall short, the effort is there), I'd roll the dice on a film with a solid director, writer and stunt co-ordinator and let the chips fall where they may.

    As far as casting, I think Michael Jai White would be ideal, a second choice would be Idris Elba with a bit more weight on him.

    And you didn't ask, but I'd love to see Chiwetel Eljifor as the Black Panther, with Djimon Honsou as his father in flashback. I wouldn't have thought of Chiwetel until I saw him in David Mamet's 'Redbelt'. He would do nicely.

    Re the Blade TV, Jug, you couldn't be more right!

  • misha | June 29, 2011 2:32 AMReply

    I think Tyrese is a decent actor but just NO to the idea of him playing a superhero. Just can't see it.

    But I don't see anything wrong with him expressing a desire to play the part...same for Idris and any other black actor. *shrugs*

  • Jug | June 28, 2011 11:52 AMReply

    @Accidental-...he didn't call him the "black Tom Cruise" did he mane?.. LMAO

  • AccidentalVisitor | June 28, 2011 11:23 AMReply

    What moronic comments.

    “Everybody wants to see Luke Cage?”. No one gives a fuck actually. Cage is a C level character at best. To make his story interesting would require a GREAT script that does not rely too heavily on the flimsy origins and storylines provide for the character by Marvel Comics. Like Idris, Tyrese simply wants to take part of the superhero phenom and therefore tosses his hat into the ring when it comes to virtually every black superhero character. How about waiting to see first if there is a great concept or a great script out there first regarding Luke Cage/Power Man? Why try associating yourself with a non-iconic character before there is even an outline of a script actually?

    The only reason why Tyrese’s name is being mentioned for this possible role is because five years ago it looked as if John Singleton would be doing the movie and we all know how much Singleton loves his boy, Tyrese. The fool called him the “black Tom Cruise” once which is ignorant, insulting and nonsensical on so many levels.

    Tyrese doesn’t even look like Luke Cage, or at least not the Cage I grew up with. That Luke Cage had hair, a mini-fro that he kept even through the 90s. But now almost every black male character in comic books has a shaved head. Anyway Tyrese is probably a bit desperate because he knows that now that the Transformers series under Bay is likely over, he no longer has a vehicle that will keep him the spotlight every couple of years.

  • djp | June 28, 2011 10:46 AMReply

    Ryan Reynolds.

  • Jug | June 28, 2011 10:35 AMReply

    Not sure who should play Cage, but I think it would be better served as a tv show. The lesser known characters would benefit from world building, growing a fan base & exploring complexities you're probably not gonna get in a popcorn film. Not to mention the economics of cable are different than film and seem to be more favorable to steady audience building (MAD MEN, GAME OF THRONES, TREME, THE WIRE). GREEN LANTERN is only getting a steady push because they invested so much in the whole damn thing, just like GI JOE. Otherwise, they'd be down the toilet, on to the next. Characters like BLACK PANTHER, DR. STRANGE, LUKE CAGE & IRON FIST would be great as tv shows for us to love then come back to film & blow the eff up!

    Just keep the cats who did BLADE away from 'em & you're all good LOL

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