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Cast This: Luke Cage

Mar. 21, 2014by: Niki Stephens

This is the second week in our “Cast This” series for the Marvel Netflix shows. First, we decided who would be the best Daredevil. Now it’s time to move on to Luke Cage.

I’m surprised we haven’t already covered Luke Cage. He’s a character that a lot of people have mentioned who needs to get some screentime. They tried to get the story of Cage to the big screen, but that hasn’t worked out so well. Now finally Netflix has deemed the character worthy enough of his own series. So whom do we choose? As you can guess I already have ideas…

First, let’s discuss what makes a good Luke Cage. It’s gotta be someone who already has a good amount of muscle mass, or someone who is ready to put some on. Cage is a hard guy to hurt so he needs to reflect that. The guy knows he’s a bad ass, and isn’t afraid to remind his opponents of that fact. He’s a hero for hire, if the price is right. Several actors have shown interest in the character like Terry Crews, Dwayne Johnson, Terrence Howard, Isaiah Mustafa, and Tyrese Gibson. Jamie Foxx was the first actor eyed for the role in 2003.

Do any of those names sound like they would be a good fit? Ever since Crews said he would be up for playing the role, I’ve had him stuck in my head. If the movie was made about 20 years ago, I’d say someone more like Laurence Fishburne. Maybe you guys can think of someone else.

That said, get to casting!

RESULTS FROM PREVIOUS 'CAST THIS': Daredevil:

1. Jensen Ackles 2. Jamie Bamber 3. Garrett Hedlund
 

I was surprised by some of the choices that you guys presented this time around! While I like Jensen Ackles, I LOVE the idea of Jamie Bamber. He's already had time on a series (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA), and I think he would be perfect. Hedlund came up in third and almost lost out to Michael C. Hall. Ackles is still doing SUPERNATURAL so I'm not sure if this would conflict with that or not. Good job, schmoes!

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11:51PM on 03/22/2014
I'm sticking with Michael Jai White. He has the build, the chops and the attitude. I don't think his appearances on Arrow are an issue, as they're two different universes (LukeCage/Power Man is Marvel and Arrow is DC), and if it came down to it, I think White would totally choose the opportunity to portray one of the world's first black superheroes over an occasional cameo villain on Arrow, especially if it leads to more prominent crossover work in the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe. I really
I'm sticking with Michael Jai White. He has the build, the chops and the attitude. I don't think his appearances on Arrow are an issue, as they're two different universes (LukeCage/Power Man is Marvel and Arrow is DC), and if it came down to it, I think White would totally choose the opportunity to portray one of the world's first black superheroes over an occasional cameo villain on Arrow, especially if it leads to more prominent crossover work in the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe. I really hope they go with Michael Jai White for this
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7:07PM on 03/22/2014
Omari Hardwick is my choice. Terry Crews seems to be the obvious choice, and while I wouldn't be upset with that option he isn't exactly the greatest actor and he is already on one successful show and we don't know what kind of contract deal he has signed for that. Michael Jai White had an appearance on Arrow as Bronze Tiger so I think that probably won't happen. While Hardwick doesn't have the size of Crews I still think he could gain some mass and be a bad ass Luke Cage.
Omari Hardwick is my choice. Terry Crews seems to be the obvious choice, and while I wouldn't be upset with that option he isn't exactly the greatest actor and he is already on one successful show and we don't know what kind of contract deal he has signed for that. Michael Jai White had an appearance on Arrow as Bronze Tiger so I think that probably won't happen. While Hardwick doesn't have the size of Crews I still think he could gain some mass and be a bad ass Luke Cage.
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8:42AM on 03/22/2014
I got news for ya friends... people starring on successful TV shows, especially network TV shows, don't have the time to do another entire series. Crews is out. I think Nelsan Ellis from True Blood would be amazing. And now that that show is ending he'll be free to do it. He's tall and can put on some muscle for the role.
I got news for ya friends... people starring on successful TV shows, especially network TV shows, don't have the time to do another entire series. Crews is out. I think Nelsan Ellis from True Blood would be amazing. And now that that show is ending he'll be free to do it. He's tall and can put on some muscle for the role.
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12:28AM on 03/22/2014
How about Chadwick Boseman?
How about Chadwick Boseman?
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11:53PM on 03/22/2014
save him for a Black Panther movie. I was skeptical at first, cause when people started floating his name around I hadn't actually seen any of his work. But I'm totally sold on him for Black Panther now.
save him for a Black Panther movie. I was skeptical at first, cause when people started floating his name around I hadn't actually seen any of his work. But I'm totally sold on him for Black Panther now.
11:26PM on 03/21/2014

Crews

I really can't picture anyone for the role anymore except for Terry Crews. Just to throw another name in the pot; I know his name is thrown around a lot, but Idris Elba. He already has experience in a series (Luthor) and he is just a badass.
I really can't picture anyone for the role anymore except for Terry Crews. Just to throw another name in the pot; I know his name is thrown around a lot, but Idris Elba. He already has experience in a series (Luthor) and he is just a badass.
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9:30PM on 03/21/2014
Here are my choices:
*Nathan Fillion (His name is dropped for everything).
*Johnny Depp

Maybe we can change Cage to a woman?
*Gina Carano
*Lucy Lawless

Other choices:
*Michael B. Jordan (Oh god, that may spawn an internet frenzy....how can you cast a black actor for a black superhero ---wait, a minute!


Here are my choices:
*Nathan Fillion (His name is dropped for everything).
*Johnny Depp

Maybe we can change Cage to a woman?
*Gina Carano
*Lucy Lawless

Other choices:
*Michael B. Jordan (Oh god, that may spawn an internet frenzy....how can you cast a black actor for a black superhero ---wait, a minute!


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6:03PM on 03/22/2014
love it.
love it.
10:33PM on 03/22/2014
Michael B. Jordan playing a white guy playing a black guy playing Luke Cage. People are gonna go see it anyway...
Michael B. Jordan playing a white guy playing a black guy playing Luke Cage. People are gonna go see it anyway...
8:09PM on 03/21/2014
Jason Statham. I mean, we're now past the point where the race of a character doesn't matter, right?
Jason Statham. I mean, we're now past the point where the race of a character doesn't matter, right?
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12:44PM on 03/21/2014

Billy Brown!

Loved him for the short time he was on The Following. Saw his name suggested down below and I love it now.
Loved him for the short time he was on The Following. Saw his name suggested down below and I love it now.
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12:03PM on 03/21/2014

Crews for the win

Is this even worth discussing? I feel like Crews has this locked down. He's an established B-level star. Successful on a hit network show. Dozens of bit roles in big name films. Great public perception -- seems like a genuinely nice, funny, teddy bear of a guy. He threw his name in the ring for a feature comic book role (Fantastic Four's The Thing) and got shut down. With these Netflix series being markedly smaller, he's a great, familiar dude for the role. There is no way he's NOT on
Is this even worth discussing? I feel like Crews has this locked down. He's an established B-level star. Successful on a hit network show. Dozens of bit roles in big name films. Great public perception -- seems like a genuinely nice, funny, teddy bear of a guy. He threw his name in the ring for a feature comic book role (Fantastic Four's The Thing) and got shut down. With these Netflix series being markedly smaller, he's a great, familiar dude for the role. There is no way he's NOT on Marvel's radar. I feel like his enthusiasm will at least get him a meeting.
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12:01PM on 03/21/2014

Jayceon THE GAME Taylor

6'4" muscular, ex-convict. He's perfect. And I wanna hear him say Sweet Christmas!
6'4" muscular, ex-convict. He's perfect. And I wanna hear him say Sweet Christmas!
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11:55AM on 03/21/2014
I like Terry Crews for this role. I think he embodies everything you need for a good Luke Cage. But at the same time I'm torn, because I love him on Brooklyn 99 and I'm not sure if doing this series will take him away from that.
I like Terry Crews for this role. I think he embodies everything you need for a good Luke Cage. But at the same time I'm torn, because I love him on Brooklyn 99 and I'm not sure if doing this series will take him away from that.
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11:28AM on 03/21/2014

Ex-TV Stars

Assuming we're limited to ex-TV stars, I would go with the 6' 4" Henry Simmons or the 6' 2" Roger Cross.
Both being in their 40s may cause some concern but, the world's most popular choice, Terry Crews, is also in his 40s. I like Terry too and if he were a better actor I would agree with the popular opinion but, he'd really have to step up his game.
Assuming we're limited to ex-TV stars, I would go with the 6' 4" Henry Simmons or the 6' 2" Roger Cross.
Both being in their 40s may cause some concern but, the world's most popular choice, Terry Crews, is also in his 40s. I like Terry too and if he were a better actor I would agree with the popular opinion but, he'd really have to step up his game.
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11:25AM on 03/21/2014
Double post. I know I'm an idiot
Double post. I know I'm an idiot
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11:23AM on 03/21/2014

CREEEEWWWSS

Crews is the only answer: [link]
Crews is the only answer: [link]
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11:15AM on 03/21/2014

Terry Crews

I love Luke Cage so I really hope they get this character right. Cage needs all the qualities in the article above but he's also a leader and a family man. Because of that I really like Terry Crews for the role. Even though it's a comedy, Crews embodies a lot of the qualities I associate with Luke Cage on Brooklyn 99. Also, The Expendables series has shown he can be a badass.
I love Luke Cage so I really hope they get this character right. Cage needs all the qualities in the article above but he's also a leader and a family man. Because of that I really like Terry Crews for the role. Even though it's a comedy, Crews embodies a lot of the qualities I associate with Luke Cage on Brooklyn 99. Also, The Expendables series has shown he can be a badass.
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11:15AM on 03/21/2014

Terry Crews

I love Luke Cage so I really hope they get this character right. Cage needs all the qualities in the article above but he's also a leader and a family man. Because of that I really like Terry Crews for the role. Even though it's a comedy, Crews embodies a lot of the qualities I associate with Luke Cage on Brooklyn 99. Also, The Expendables series has shown he can be a badass.
I love Luke Cage so I really hope they get this character right. Cage needs all the qualities in the article above but he's also a leader and a family man. Because of that I really like Terry Crews for the role. Even though it's a comedy, Crews embodies a lot of the qualities I associate with Luke Cage on Brooklyn 99. Also, The Expendables series has shown he can be a badass.
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11:13AM on 03/21/2014
It's gotta be Terry Crews.
It's gotta be Terry Crews.
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10:22AM on 03/21/2014
they're probably both too old for the role now but how about either of the sons Mogh, Micheal Dorn or Tony Todd
they're probably both too old for the role now but how about either of the sons Mogh, Micheal Dorn or Tony Todd
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9:43AM on 03/21/2014

I got one...

Luke Cage is by far my favorite super hero and I have been very interested to see how he'd be portrayed on the screen (big or small)...
If he ended up being played by Terry Crews Id be fine with that, but I think Crews would be better as Cage's main adversary Willis (Diamondback) Stryker...

Instead just to submit a name that's waaaayyy out there, I'd suggest Jamal Duff...

He was that big black guy on the cobra team in Dodge ball and was also one of the guys from the football team that
Luke Cage is by far my favorite super hero and I have been very interested to see how he'd be portrayed on the screen (big or small)...
If he ended up being played by Terry Crews Id be fine with that, but I think Crews would be better as Cage's main adversary Willis (Diamondback) Stryker...

Instead just to submit a name that's waaaayyy out there, I'd suggest Jamal Duff...

He was that big black guy on the cobra team in Dodge ball and was also one of the guys from the football team that 'The Rock' fought at the beginning of 'The Rundown'...
He is big enough, just about the right age with the acting/action experience to pull it off...
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9:12AM on 03/21/2014
- Omar Sy, if he doesn't return as Bishop in X-MEN.

- John Boyega if he doesn't get STAR WARS.
- Omar Sy, if he doesn't return as Bishop in X-MEN.

- John Boyega if he doesn't get STAR WARS.
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9:55AM on 03/21/2014
Boyega's good, but I reckon they'll be skewing slightly older maybe.
Boyega's good, but I reckon they'll be skewing slightly older maybe.
8:39AM on 03/21/2014
I have to agree with KyleG and cerealkiller182, Billy Brown and Chad Coleman are the 2 best choices I've heard so far.
I have to agree with KyleG and cerealkiller182, Billy Brown and Chad Coleman are the 2 best choices I've heard so far.
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8:29AM on 03/21/2014

Chad Coleman

I think you need to go with an actor with more acting chops (my personal opinion) yes Crews has the size, but not the acting. Coleman was great in Walking Dead & The Wire and he's got the size
I think you need to go with an actor with more acting chops (my personal opinion) yes Crews has the size, but not the acting. Coleman was great in Walking Dead & The Wire and he's got the size
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11:57AM on 03/21/2014
I dunno, he'd have to hit the gym pretty hard for this part.
I dunno, he'd have to hit the gym pretty hard for this part.
7:57AM on 03/21/2014
I'm sick of the same old choices for this role. Terry Crews is great, but MIchael Jai White is fucking horrible. For the sake of a NEW name I'm going to throw out Billy Brown
I'm sick of the same old choices for this role. Terry Crews is great, but MIchael Jai White is fucking horrible. For the sake of a NEW name I'm going to throw out Billy Brown
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7:33AM on 03/21/2014

ryan reynolds

Would OWN this role.
Would OWN this role.
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1:18PM on 03/21/2014
Well put, Replicant! I say Jensen Ackles for the win!!!
Well put, Replicant! I say Jensen Ackles for the win!!!
7:17AM on 03/21/2014
Terry Crews, my man!
Terry Crews, my man!
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6:20AM on 03/21/2014

Terry Crews

Terry Crews deserves this one in my opnion, he was born to play Luke Cage....
Michael Jay White could also be a good choice if he's in between jobs with the suicide squad
Terry Crews deserves this one in my opnion, he was born to play Luke Cage....
Michael Jay White could also be a good choice if he's in between jobs with the suicide squad
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5:55AM on 03/21/2014

Nathan Fillion!!!

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5:45AM on 03/21/2014
I always try to come up with someone other people aren't mentioning. If I had to go with any if the fore mentioned actors, yes I'd probably go for Terry Crews, however - my choice is...

Roger Cross!
His most famous role is probably Curtis Manning in 24 a few years back.

If this was a few decades ago I may have suggested Ving Rhames, but I'm going to champion him for Cage now to give him a proper big break.

Btw guys, I'm pretty sure Marvel are still counting these series as a tie
I always try to come up with someone other people aren't mentioning. If I had to go with any if the fore mentioned actors, yes I'd probably go for Terry Crews, however - my choice is...

Roger Cross!
His most famous role is probably Curtis Manning in 24 a few years back.

If this was a few decades ago I may have suggested Ving Rhames, but I'm going to champion him for Cage now to give him a proper big break.

Btw guys, I'm pretty sure Marvel are still counting these series as a tie to all the films, and Agents of Shield- so I think you can count out any actors who have already appeared in a named role in this continuity. For example - I'd love to cast Idris Elba in anything and everything. But he's in Thor. He's got his Marvel role. Derek Luke was in the first Captain America film. (For this casting you can also count out Howard, Cheadle, Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Mackie and Hounsou). I'd say try and think of someone fresh to Marvel. That's gotta already give a 50% better chance of your choice actually ending up on screen. Lol
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5:12AM on 03/21/2014
If its 'muscle mass' you're looking for then Michael Jai White is the man (seriously, has this guy EVER been out of shape?)

However my first choice would be David Oyelowo. Sure he's not that big n' buff (right now) but I just have this feeling he'd nailed it given a chance.

Oh and Nathan Fillon!!! xD
That joke never gets old in this column.
If its 'muscle mass' you're looking for then Michael Jai White is the man (seriously, has this guy EVER been out of shape?)

However my first choice would be David Oyelowo. Sure he's not that big n' buff (right now) but I just have this feeling he'd nailed it given a chance.

Oh and Nathan Fillon!!! xD
That joke never gets old in this column.
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4:36AM on 03/21/2014
Tyrese

The Rock just signed a multi-picture deal with DC/WB I think that takes him out of the running.

Thank God for that.
Tyrese

The Rock just signed a multi-picture deal with DC/WB I think that takes him out of the running.

Thank God for that.
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4:36AM on 03/21/2014
Michael Jai White
Michael Jai White
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3:51AM on 03/21/2014
Mahershala Ali (Remy Danton on House of Cards). He's got the physique and the charisma for sure.
Mahershala Ali (Remy Danton on House of Cards). He's got the physique and the charisma for sure.
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9:46AM on 03/21/2014
I was gonna suggest him, great choice!!!
(I ended up suggesting someone else though)
I was gonna suggest him, great choice!!!
(I ended up suggesting someone else though)
3:38AM on 03/21/2014
Derek Luke, who also happens to be my pick for John Stewart.
Derek Luke, who also happens to be my pick for John Stewart.
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8:47AM on 03/21/2014
You can't he's Gabe Jones one of the founders of SHIELD and one of the Howling Commandos.
You can't he's Gabe Jones one of the founders of SHIELD and one of the Howling Commandos.
12:54PM on 03/21/2014
You're right, just re-watched Cap. Didn't quite remember any of the Howling Commandos apart from Dum Dum and Bucky.
You're right, just re-watched Cap. Didn't quite remember any of the Howling Commandos apart from Dum Dum and Bucky.
2:19AM on 03/21/2014

Henry Simmons!

Check him out the guy would be ideal! I also like Crews.
Check him out the guy would be ideal! I also like Crews.
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2:04AM on 03/21/2014

Terry Crews

this role is taylor made for Terry Crews
this role is taylor made for Terry Crews
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1:52AM on 03/21/2014
Terry Crews, of course.
Terry Crews, of course.
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1:50AM on 03/21/2014

Cast This has become bland

The Cast This column, while great in concept, has lost its fun. That's the readership's fault, I'd say (it's curated very well).

People seem to generally want the same fanboy choices in really whatever role, regardless of talent or fitting with the role. None of that matters. People just want the same favorites, which are not interesting at all.

Sorry to be a downer, just hate seeing the results become so bland all the time.
The Cast This column, while great in concept, has lost its fun. That's the readership's fault, I'd say (it's curated very well).

People seem to generally want the same fanboy choices in really whatever role, regardless of talent or fitting with the role. None of that matters. People just want the same favorites, which are not interesting at all.

Sorry to be a downer, just hate seeing the results become so bland all the time.
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2:11AM on 03/21/2014
not true, you cant say daredevil has the same answers we hear all the time or that they are the typical fanboy choices.
not true, you cant say daredevil has the same answers we hear all the time or that they are the typical fanboy choices.
4:06AM on 03/21/2014
Why not add your two cents and give us some suggestions? If the readership is to blame, you sir/madam are right there with the rest of us. Worse, you didn't even comment on who you'd like to see in the role. Constructive criticism is never well received when it is simply criticism, as you have done.
Why not add your two cents and give us some suggestions? If the readership is to blame, you sir/madam are right there with the rest of us. Worse, you didn't even comment on who you'd like to see in the role. Constructive criticism is never well received when it is simply criticism, as you have done.
1:49AM on 03/21/2014
Michael Jai White, totally. Spawn was a long time ago, he should get a second chance.
Michael Jai White, totally. Spawn was a long time ago, he should get a second chance.
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1:43AM on 03/21/2014
Dwayne Johnson for Spawn, Idris Elba for Luke Cage
Dwayne Johnson for Spawn, Idris Elba for Luke Cage
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1:40AM on 03/21/2014
Terry Crews please. He's pretty damn perfect.
Terry Crews please. He's pretty damn perfect.
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6:18AM on 03/21/2014
Too old.
Too old.
1:37AM on 03/21/2014
Idris Elba. I know his name is always thrown around, but he's just such an amazing actor. I'll honestly say that I don't know a whole lot about Cage, but I gather that a big thing is that he and The Defenders are "street-level" heroes. And I also know he use to run a drug empire with his friend before going to jail. We know Elba can do co-running a drug empire (The Wire) and being a street level hero (Luther). So, he may be a safe choice - but he'd be a fantastic choice.
Idris Elba. I know his name is always thrown around, but he's just such an amazing actor. I'll honestly say that I don't know a whole lot about Cage, but I gather that a big thing is that he and The Defenders are "street-level" heroes. And I also know he use to run a drug empire with his friend before going to jail. We know Elba can do co-running a drug empire (The Wire) and being a street level hero (Luther). So, he may be a safe choice - but he'd be a fantastic choice.
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1:14AM on 03/21/2014

Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Johnson. I really can't name anyone else who I think would be better.
Dwayne Johnson. I really can't name anyone else who I think would be better.
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2:10AM on 03/21/2014
Terry Crews Foo!
Terry Crews Foo!
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