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Terry Crews is open to playing the role of Luke Cage

03.10.2014

Back last October, Terry Crews threw his name into the ring for the casting of The Thing in the FANTASTIC FOUR reboot. Unfortunately they went with a younger cast and that was that. But the good news is, the actor can still play any number of comic characters we might need him for. Which one is he requested for the most by fans?

Luke Cage.

As you know, Netflix is doing a solo hero series for the character along with ones for Jessica Jones, Daredevil, and Iron Fist. So who offered his name for the role of Cage? Crews, of course.

Heres what the BROOKLYN NINE NINE actor told Collider:

Anything can happen. All I know is scheduling and all that stuffanything can happen. Im open to all kinds of things, but who knows? Actually I took myself out of the Luke Cage running a while back, just because it was people trying to put people against each other. [It was] Idris vs. Michael Jai and Im like, Wait a minute, this is not even greenlit! Can we talk to Marvel? Why are you talking to me? Dont put me against my homeboy for a movie thats not existing. I said, Take me out!

I heard [its greenlit] but I havent gotten any calls. Ive been hearing stuff like, oh youre too old, and Im like, Man do my workout 20 years ago and well talk about whos too old (laughs).

Like I said, anything can happen, I never rule anything out. Im game. There are no rules. Whats up, Marvel? Im right here, baby. I aint goin nowhere. You know where I live!(laughs)

Do you think that Crews is the best fit for the role?

Source: Collider

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9:15PM on 03/11/2014

WAIT, Why is everyone only suggesting black actors???

Race doesn't matter, remember?!?!? Let's cast Jim Parsons as Luke Cage. All that matters is that he can act, Riiiight?!?!?! *Cough*blackJohnnyStorm*Cough
Race doesn't matter, remember?!?!? Let's cast Jim Parsons as Luke Cage. All that matters is that he can act, Riiiight?!?!?! *Cough*blackJohnnyStorm*Cough
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10:03PM on 03/11/2014
I’d be interested to see what the reaction would be if Luke was cast as a white guy. Obviously the Black Panther has to be black given where he’s from (though they could always turn Wakanda in to a South Africa of sorts…I guess). Generally speaking, I always found it “funny” that Cage had to be an ex-con first…when white superheroes tended to be scientists and/or rich before becoming who they become. I don’t know Blade’s origins in the comics but in the movies he was depicted
I’d be interested to see what the reaction would be if Luke was cast as a white guy. Obviously the Black Panther has to be black given where he’s from (though they could always turn Wakanda in to a South Africa of sorts…I guess). Generally speaking, I always found it “funny” that Cage had to be an ex-con first…when white superheroes tended to be scientists and/or rich before becoming who they become. I don’t know Blade’s origins in the comics but in the movies he was depicted as a homeless boy. I suppose if we want a clever black guy superhero to begin with there’s always the Rocket Racer but then I think he was a criminal…or started out that way....or may be there were two of them...don't remember anymore :o)
10:03PM on 03/11/2014
I’d be interested to see what the reaction would be if Luke was cast as a white guy. Obviously the Black Panther has to be black given where he’s from (though they could always turn Wakanda in to a South Africa of sorts…I guess). Generally speaking, I always found it “funny” that Cage had to be an ex-con first…when white superheroes tended to be scientists and/or rich before becoming who they become. I don’t know Blade’s origins in the comics but in the movies he was depicted
I’d be interested to see what the reaction would be if Luke was cast as a white guy. Obviously the Black Panther has to be black given where he’s from (though they could always turn Wakanda in to a South Africa of sorts…I guess). Generally speaking, I always found it “funny” that Cage had to be an ex-con first…when white superheroes tended to be scientists and/or rich before becoming who they become. I don’t know Blade’s origins in the comics but in the movies he was depicted as a homeless boy. I suppose if we want a clever black guy superhero to begin with there’s always the Rocket Racer but then I think he was a criminal…or started out that way....or may be there were two of them...don't remember anymore :o)
9:11PM on 03/11/2014

Michael Jai White

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Just watch Black Dynamite if you don't believe me.
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3:11PM on 03/11/2014

I love Terry Crews

He's a great actor. Cant comment on the casting, cuz I dont know the Luke Cage character.

But does anyone remember his role in White Chicks? Worst movie ever, but I watched it twice. In a row. All because of him. Funniest role ever.
He's a great actor. Cant comment on the casting, cuz I dont know the Luke Cage character.

But does anyone remember his role in White Chicks? Worst movie ever, but I watched it twice. In a row. All because of him. Funniest role ever.
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9:10AM on 03/11/2014
I like Crews. He'd be great as Luke Cage.
I like Crews. He'd be great as Luke Cage.
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9:00AM on 03/11/2014

I like Crews but...

Just don't think he'd be a good fit as Cage.
Age is a factor, would probably be better off with an unknown...
Just don't think he'd be a good fit as Cage.
Age is a factor, would probably be better off with an unknown...
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7:08AM on 03/11/2014
this part would go perfect with crews, like PB&J :)
hire this man NOW
this part would go perfect with crews, like PB&J :)
hire this man NOW
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6:36AM on 03/11/2014
As a supporting character in a superhero team up like the Defenders...for sure...but can Crews lead in the solo series that comes first...I'm, not sure. I also think Marvel will go for a younger actor.
As a supporting character in a superhero team up like the Defenders...for sure...but can Crews lead in the solo series that comes first...I'm, not sure. I also think Marvel will go for a younger actor.
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4:28AM on 03/11/2014
My vote is for the guy who plays Remy Danton on House of Cards. He's got the looks, the pathos, and yes, the muscles.
My vote is for the guy who plays Remy Danton on House of Cards. He's got the looks, the pathos, and yes, the muscles.
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3:08AM on 03/11/2014
Henry Simmons for Luke Cage!
Henry Simmons for Luke Cage!
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1:02AM on 03/11/2014

YES

THis HAS to happen. Crews would kill it, and I think he has the personality and type of humor that would do well with the Marvel universe and the type of humor that Marvel has stuck with.
THis HAS to happen. Crews would kill it, and I think he has the personality and type of humor that would do well with the Marvel universe and the type of humor that Marvel has stuck with.
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11:15PM on 03/10/2014

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Terry looks OK but, seems a bit short for Luke.
Terry looks OK but, seems a bit short for Luke.
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10:57PM on 03/10/2014

in THAT picture

come on... not being racist... but... any jacked black dude could look like Luke Cage. he doesn't even have to be full black (the Rock?) i mean come on, it's LUKE CAGE. is there even a definitive way he's supposed to look? it's not like he's Clark Kent or anything. get a muscular black dude. add a yellow shirt and some gauntlets. BAM. people will accept that as Luke Cage.

what's more important is the character. depending on how they write Luke Cage. Terry Crews, Idris Elba, Michael Jai
come on... not being racist... but... any jacked black dude could look like Luke Cage. he doesn't even have to be full black (the Rock?) i mean come on, it's LUKE CAGE. is there even a definitive way he's supposed to look? it's not like he's Clark Kent or anything. get a muscular black dude. add a yellow shirt and some gauntlets. BAM. people will accept that as Luke Cage.

what's more important is the character. depending on how they write Luke Cage. Terry Crews, Idris Elba, Michael Jai White... they all play very different type of roles when it's not "intimidating black guy". i hope Luke Cage is more than just that.
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10:51PM on 03/10/2014

Everyone loves Terry Crews

But come on guys, he can't carry a series
But come on guys, he can't carry a series
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7:06AM on 03/11/2014
are you kidding me? have you ever seen Everybody Hates Chris?
he owned that show ;)
are you kidding me? have you ever seen Everybody Hates Chris?
he owned that show ;)
10:41PM on 03/10/2014

He'd be perfect for the role, but

I suspect they'd want someone younger simply because they'd want to hang onto the same actor for innumerable sequels, and an older actor eventually hits the wall. Both Hugh Jackman and Robert Downey Jr. are talking about retiring from their respective roles and Downy's only 3 years older than Crews while Jackman's 1 year younger.
I suspect they'd want someone younger simply because they'd want to hang onto the same actor for innumerable sequels, and an older actor eventually hits the wall. Both Hugh Jackman and Robert Downey Jr. are talking about retiring from their respective roles and Downy's only 3 years older than Crews while Jackman's 1 year younger.
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8:08AM on 03/11/2014
Hugh Jackman probably has more to do with him playing the character for the 7th time this summer than his age
Hugh Jackman probably has more to do with him playing the character for the 7th time this summer than his age
10:40PM on 03/10/2014
No thanks. Mehcad Brooks, please.
No thanks. Mehcad Brooks, please.
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9:40PM on 03/10/2014
This would be great casting. Crews has alot of great charisma and would bring much needed depth to a unknown superhero like this (unknown to most people). The guy makes any film and/or television show that much better.
This would be great casting. Crews has alot of great charisma and would bring much needed depth to a unknown superhero like this (unknown to most people). The guy makes any film and/or television show that much better.
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9:31PM on 03/10/2014
Oh come on, he IS Luke Cage!
Oh come on, he IS Luke Cage!
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9:28PM on 03/10/2014
Hire this hero!
Hire this hero!
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9:23PM on 03/10/2014

Crews was born to play Cage

Wait a second...so was Michael Jai White.
Wait a second...so was Michael Jai White.
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9:22PM on 03/10/2014

Isaiah Mustafa

I get more excited for Mustafa to play Cage.
I get more excited for Mustafa to play Cage.
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9:13PM on 03/10/2014
Crews is hilarious. Make this more lighthearted like Guardians of the Galaxy and they can have all my monies.
Crews is hilarious. Make this more lighthearted like Guardians of the Galaxy and they can have all my monies.
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9:04PM on 03/10/2014

Probably not

I have a feeling they'll go with someone younger but I'd probably geek out if this casting happened.
I have a feeling they'll go with someone younger but I'd probably geek out if this casting happened.
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8:54PM on 03/10/2014
Judging by those pics above, yes.

Plus I'm pretty sure shotgun rounds would bounce off Crews skin.
Judging by those pics above, yes.

Plus I'm pretty sure shotgun rounds would bounce off Crews skin.
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8:49PM on 03/10/2014

"Do you think that Crews is the best fit for the role?"

Yup. Make it happen, Marvel!
Yup. Make it happen, Marvel!
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