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Jamie Foxx was approached to play Luke Cage "back in the day"

08.20.2014

As we continue to conjure up dream casting calls for all sorts of pending Marvel projects, it is always intriguing to think of what could have been. Back before Marvel regained control of 20th Century Fox's library of comic characters like Blade, Daredevil, and Ghost Rider, there were countless rumors of a Luke Cage movie that never came to fruition. Names like Laurence Fishburne were linked with the film that just never happened. Now, with Marvel teaming with Netflix on a series featuring the hero also known as Power Man, we continue to hear rumors of actors like Idris Elba, Terry Crews, and many others who would be a good fit or we would like to see in the role.

At one point, it turns out, another famous actor was linked with Luke Cage. According to Jamie Foxx, "back in the day" he was approached to play Cage in a film for director John Singleton. Foxx did not elaborate as to how in depth the discussions became (or even if they were discussions), but the tidbit comes from a special feature on the recently released THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Blu-ray.

Singleton was a hotshot director back in the 1990s and even garnered an Oscar nomination for BOYZ IN THE HOOD. His career seems to have peaked around 2000 when he helmed the Samuel L. Jackson movie SHAFT. Since then, he has only directed four films included the awful 2 FAST 2 FURIOUS and the Taylor Lautner bomb ABDUCTION. If Foxx is saying this was back in the day, I think they may have been around the time SHAFT hit, before Foxx won the Oscar for RAY.

Who knows what will become of Luke Cage on the Netflix series, but I am just glad we didn't get another 20th Century Fox Marvel movie with the character or we may not be thinking so highly of Power Man today. Foxx wouldn't have been bad, but there are a lot better actors for the role out there.

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12:47AM on 08/21/2014

i'd rather just see Django join the Avengers...

he's teaming up with Zorro, right?
he's teaming up with Zorro, right?
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11:02PM on 08/20/2014
I honestly think he would have made an awesome War Machine.
I honestly think he would have made an awesome War Machine.
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12:41AM on 08/21/2014
dude, me too. ever since the trailer for that RDJ/Zach Galafanakis movie came out and had that scene with RDJ talking to Foxx. i was like, man. there's War Machine.
dude, me too. ever since the trailer for that RDJ/Zach Galafanakis movie came out and had that scene with RDJ talking to Foxx. i was like, man. there's War Machine.
8:00PM on 08/20/2014
Fox never owned the rights to Blade, New Line Cinema did.
Fox never owned the rights to Blade, New Line Cinema did.
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5:59PM on 08/20/2014
I think he could have made a memorable Electro. It's just that the writers let him down with lousy writing and a horrendous motivation.

But yeah, there are better options out there for Luke Cage. And wasn't Foxx rumored to be interested in playing Spawn??
I think he could have made a memorable Electro. It's just that the writers let him down with lousy writing and a horrendous motivation.

But yeah, there are better options out there for Luke Cage. And wasn't Foxx rumored to be interested in playing Spawn??
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6:47PM on 08/20/2014
I agree the writing was bad for Electro but even still, his performance was laughable at best. He should have been able to make something out of it.
I agree the writing was bad for Electro but even still, his performance was laughable at best. He should have been able to make something out of it.
12:39AM on 08/21/2014
It seems he was taking his cue from Jim Carrey in Batman Forever and Richard Pryor in Superman 3, which is baffling.
It seems he was taking his cue from Jim Carrey in Batman Forever and Richard Pryor in Superman 3, which is baffling.
12:45AM on 08/21/2014
seemed like Foxx approached his performance as if he was doing a children''s cartoon. and not the edgy kind we have t oday, but like, the 90's kind.
seemed like Foxx approached his performance as if he was doing a children''s cartoon. and not the edgy kind we have t oday, but like, the 90's kind.
5:12PM on 08/20/2014
Thankfully this never happened and he only went on to fuck up Electro. Would rather Electro be fucked up than Luke Cage.
Thankfully this never happened and he only went on to fuck up Electro. Would rather Electro be fucked up than Luke Cage.
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5:08PM on 08/20/2014
Good Jamie Foxx sucks.
Good Jamie Foxx sucks.
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4:27PM on 08/20/2014
Well let's all give a collective sigh of relief and thanks to whatever deity you serve that that shit never fuckin happened. Yeesh.
Well let's all give a collective sigh of relief and thanks to whatever deity you serve that that shit never fuckin happened. Yeesh.
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