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Marvel, Call Terry Crews: He’s ‘Game’ For Netflix’s Luke Cage Series

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With filming set to begin this summer on the four Netflix series featuring the “flawed heroes of Hell’s Kitchen,” Marvel is likely already making calls to cast the roles of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage. If that’s the case, then Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Terry Crews has a message for the House of Ideas: “I’m game.”

Although the NFL player turned actor, whose name has been periodically floated in connection with Luke Cage, took his name “outta that running” last year, explaining, “I think everybody’s is forcing this ‘Power Man,’ Luke Cage thing. Man, it’s obvious, Marvel, for some reason, is not getting down with it. He’s being ignored.”

But now that Marvel is down with it, for at least a 13-episode series and a Defenders miniseries? Well, while Crews said he hasn’t received a phone call about the project, he admits to Collider that, “Anything can happen.”

“I’ve been hearing stuff like, ‘Oh, you’re too old,’” said the 45-year-old Expendables veteran, “and I’m like, ‘Man, do my workout 20 years ago and we’ll talk about who’s too old (laughs).’”

So would Crews be interested in tackling Cage, if the stars — and production schedules — align?

“Like I said, anything can happen, I never rule anything out,” he said. “I’m game. There are no rules. What’s up, Marvel?  I’m right here, baby. I ain’t goin’ nowhere. You know where I live!”


  • Bill T.

    Mike Colter would make a great Luke Cage.

  • ImpostirEvil

    do it Marvel

  • tony

    I thing Mr Crews would make a great Luke Cage, he’s hella funny. CIT154

  • Jim

    I really hope they don’t.

  • steven

    I would actually prefer an older Cage.. seasoned with some memory of the 70s.

  • J.p. Ducey

    Go get him marvel

  • Chuck777

    He’s perfect for the role – tip top shape, believably intimidating, funny when necessary, good actor.

    What more does Marvel want?

  • Cuniraya

    Terry likes superheroes

  • NS317453

    Crews has the build and is funny as hell when he wants to be on Brooklyn 99 or the Old Spice commercials.

    Plus, he’s got the look down for Cage. Cage never comes across as a very young character. Modern Cage looks to be in his mid-to-late 30s in the comics. A 45 yr old actor shouldn’t be too far off.

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  • John

    Since those people like taking our roles, we should take some of their roles.

  • Pungeon Master

    Are… are you referring to the black community as “those people”?

  • Sentry616

    Too old, too obvious. Try someone else.

  • PietroMaximoff

    i’m sorry, but have you seen White Chicks?? whenever i see this guy on a film, i just can’t stop laughing

  • The_Dude

    He’s the only redeeming factor of that piece of S***.

  • Xarias

    I was hoping for Tom Welling as Luke Cage.

  • Derek Metaltron

    I’d be down with this, just as with Angie Harmon as Jennifer Walters/She-hulk. If an actor has a genuine love of the character that’s gonna come out in their performance. Plus Luke Cage is apparently the last of the 13 episode runs so there’s a good amount of time to ready himself for the role.

  • Jason M Bryant

    It helps that he doesn’t look 45. If he was cast as a 30 year old character, I’d buy it.

  • Jason M Bryant

    Is obvious a bad thing? When Morton Downey Jr. was cast as Iron-Man, I thought they’d basically cast the actual, real life Tony Stark.

    Also, MDJ was only 3 years younger than Crews is now. It’s a good thing Marvel didn’t listen to people who said that MDJ was too old.

  • J Max

    I think they should go with Chris Meloni for the role. He has the right build, seems the age group of the character, and he can play street-smart. They could give Michael Chiklis a shot too, he is basically the non-powered version of this character on “the Shield”. I think by limiting the role to an actor who may resemble the character would be a disservice to fans of the character. For those who want some of the iconic imagery and history of the character preserved we just show how little we have grown as a society. It is the year 2014 and we need to embrace change and realize that characters we held a familiarty to in the past and may have grown up with can be adapted on a whim as long as the actor playing the character is a good match for the vision of the director.

  • Sentry616

    I will assume MDJ is a joke. RDJ was far from obvious. A washed up junkie who takes his craft way too seriously. Had he started flexing his “I’m an artiste” muscle and demanding rewrites like Ed Norton, it could have ended badly. Having said that he was perfect casting.

  • Melwing

    Really? No offense to Crews (or you), but in my opinion he looks his age. Definitely not 30.

  • Jason M Bryant

    Not a joke, a brain fart. I must not have had enough sleep when I wrote that.

    Everything you said about his is what made him perfect casting. All those faults are the same demons that Tony Stark had in the comic. Substance abuse problems? Check. Egotistical? Check. Other than the fact that one has a talent for acting and the other for machines, they’re basically the same guy.

    So I don’t think it’s a problem that Terry Crews is obvious. Fitting the role exceptionally well is not a bad thing.

  • Axxell

    “A washed up junkie who takes his craft way too seriously.”

    “Took his craft too seriously”? Are we talking about the same RDJ who couldn’t keep a steady job in Hollywood because of the said drug problems?

  • Sentry616

    Yep. Personal problems aside, RDJ comes from a very intellectual family and doesn’t think of himself as an actor but rather as an “artiste”.
    The only reason he went slumming in a superhero A list movie rather than some art house wankery is because his career was over and work is work.

  • WGirl

    Because lord knows there aren’t enough white male superheros running around already.

  • Axxell

    His career was over exactly because of him not taking it seriously. I’d agree if we were talking about someone who’s done a wide range of characters, but Downey only seems on his element doing troubled, flawed roles. Which is perfectly fine because it works great for Ironman, which is why his choice was spot on.

  • Sentry616

    You don’t understand. I’m not talking about work ethic but rather snobby sense of arrogance.