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Isaiah Mustafa Has Met With Marvel About Luke Cage Movie

Isaiah Mustafa, the actor best known for a series of Old Spice commercials — “Hello, ladies” — kicked off a campaign in July to play Luke Cage in the long-discussed movie adaptation. But now it looks as if the self-proclaimed “comic junkie” has taken matters a step or two further.

“I’ve already had a meeting with Marvel,” Mustafa tells Superhero Hype. “I talked to them and I told them that I was a gracious reader of their comics and that I wanted to be Luke Cage. So we’ll see where they take it.”

Paramount Pictures acquired the film rights to Luke Cage in 2003, with John Singleton attached to direct and Tyrese Gibson frequently mentioned for the lead role. However, since then at least two target release dates have come and gone with no movie materializing. The rights have now reverted back to Marvel, which apparently sees a future for the character on television or on the big screen.

“They have something in mind, I think, and I definitely want them to see that I’m extremely passionate about it,” the actor tells the website. “I’m extremely passionate about being that character. I will do anything to get that role. It strikes me. It’s very personal to me. I hold onto it. It’s something that I desire more than just about anything that I can think of right now, as far as work goes.”

But what’s so appealing about the street-smart youth turned Hero for Hire turned Avenger?

“Luke Cage has a lot going on. He’s this man, he’s got all these powers and abilities and he can use them to save whatever major city, but instead of doing that he uses them to help Harlem,” Mustafa says. “He wants to fix his neighborhood, and that’s what’s so admirable to me. Instead of leaving and going someplace bigger, he stays right where he needs to be and tries to do the best that they can.”


  • Jacob

    I dno… He looks too slender for the role. Luke Cage is huge. If he bulks up, maybe. And, as far as I’ve seen so far, he can’t act for shit.

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  • Lewis4510

    Another underwear model with delusions of acting talent.

  • nik

    I hope he gets it. Not a fan of Tyrese Gibson at all. This guy’s passionate about the role, he’s been working for it.

  • 0bsessions

    Have you actually seen him in anything other than Old Spice commercials?

  • Jacob


  • Jacob

    He was a football player, not a model. But damn could he have been.

  • Trey

    Terry Crews was born to be Luke Cage.

  • Batarang

    YES! This guy! He’s the only person I can think of who can play the role. He was good in Spawn and the Dark Knight. He also has the physique.

    I suppose that Tyrese and Isaiah Mustafa could bulk up, but why get those clowns when you could get an already bulked up Michael Jai White for practically the same price. Michael Jai White has more fan credibility because he’s played Spawn and was in the Dark Knight. Now he’s Jax on the Mortal Kombat web series.

    Isaiah Mustafa is a success story that a lot of people like to over hype. His 15 minutes has miraculously gotten him a role in Horrible Bosses with a few Oscar winners, but now he’s trying to pretend to be a Luke Cage fan to further his career. His favorite comic book character just HAPPENS to be a the only bald, buff, black, street level superhero. Every up and coming actor wants to be apart of the Avengers universe.

  • 0bsessions

    Desire for a role can honestly help matters.

    For example, we’ve got Oscar winner Halle Berry, who most people would say stunk up the role of Storm for three films. She was quoted on the Tonight Show shortly after landing the role of Storm complaining how she had been “reduced” to acting in comic book movies.

    Comparatively, Robert Downey Jr. was asking for the role of Tony Stark for years and, by all accounts, he owned the role.

    If Mustafa wants it so bad, I’m cool with seeing how he does with it.

  • Anonymous

    Ooo I wonder if it could also be for the AKA Jessica Jones show? Doubtful tho.

  • Summer

    THIS. Yes.

  • Anonymous

    and he’s already been in a Luke Cage movie that was called BLACK DYNAMITE…

  • Jacob

    Actually, Mustafa really does read and enjoy Marvel comics. No need to be racist.

  • Jacob

    With the current state of those characters, I would be surprised if a Jessica Jones show didn’t feature Luke Cage.

  • Matthew Losure

    NOOOOO!!!!!! Michael Jai White needs to play T’Challa in an Avengers movie. He would be wasted on Cage. I still say Terry Crews should play Cage.