SDCC '11: Idris Elba Campaigns For Luke Cage During Ghost Rider Panel

While discussing his character in Ghost Rider, Idris Elba publicly throws his name into the ring for potential candidates to play Luke Cage. The fans go wild!

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By Mark Julian - 7/22/2011

captain americaAt the Sony panel for Ghost Rider, Idris Elba publicly states he wants to play Luke Cage.
Info from a Live Blog moderated by Marvel employees Agent_M AND Strommy, Bleeding Cool and Twitter attendees:



Host:Are there any other comic projects you [Elba] would like to do?

Elba: [Takes a deep breath and dramatic pause] Luke Cage, [he says in a deep voice, crowd reportedly goes wild]


In speaking on his Ghost Rider character, Elba goes on to briefly describes him as "a wine-drinking, french, warrior monk."


Now referring back to Luke Cage, Elba said
“We [Marvel] just need to know that you [the fans] want that.”


Does this mean Marvel has spoken to Elba already and is gauging fan reaction to the casting? Or is he just trying to get fan support behind him? Either way, with all this talk about Luke Cage, it seems that Marvel is definitely thinking about the project. In a relatively short panel [40 min.], Elba spent more time talking about Luke Cage than he did Ghost Rider.
Source: Marvel
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ComicsCommando - 7/22/2011, 4:38 PM
That would be cool... Too bad he's already Heimdall.
BrotherStarkofMABMindz - 7/22/2011, 4:41 PM
I'm pretty sure Luke Cage is in the Marvel Cinematic Universe right? So since he's already Heimdall it would be like Eddie Murphy playing all the Klumps, he would be a great Luke Cage but he can't play him so I choose

Hopefully Luke Cage will be in The Avengers 2 or 3
P862010 - 7/22/2011, 4:46 PM
is'nt luke cage a younger man
Hellsing - 7/22/2011, 4:49 PM
He would have been a great if he wasn't playing Heimdall already, so let it go, let it go Elba.
BooYah - 7/22/2011, 4:52 PM
He deserves a bigger role then Heimdall I say cast him.
JonnyBrown06 - 7/22/2011, 4:52 PM
yeah and hes playing someone in ghost rider so thats another marvel films YES not the Marvel Cinematic Universe but still another comic book moive, and man theres alot of actors wana play Luke Cage even doing there own mini movie mad, AND CAN SOMEONE PLEASEEEE TELL ME HOW TO PUT A PICTURE UP ON THE THIS THE COMMMENT BOX woule be much appreiated
Ethic - 7/22/2011, 4:55 PM
Barely anyone would recognise it's the same actor as Heimdall, they're different is every way, especially in terms of appearance. I say let him audition!
RunDTC - 7/22/2011, 4:58 PM
@JonnyBrown06: the picture has to be saved on your computer. go to your account page, then my articles, then upload/embedded images. upload the picture and it will give you a code. copy and paste the code in the comment bar.
Shieldofpower - 7/22/2011, 5:03 PM
LOL who the [frick] cares
JonnyBrown06 - 7/22/2011, 5:12 PM
@RunDTC: thank you very much.
CaptainTall - 7/22/2011, 5:12 PM
Give other people a chance, Heimdall.
CaptainTall - 7/22/2011, 5:12 PM
That's like having Ray Stevenson as Punisher after having him as Volstagg in the same universe.

... Oh wait, isn't that in talks as well?
dahamma - 7/22/2011, 5:13 PM
HECK YES SIGN RIGHT NOW DANGIT
kookevin3 - 7/22/2011, 5:20 PM
He be great as Luke! After rewatching The losers and Rock n' Rolla I really want him for the part
DEATHbyEXILE - 7/22/2011, 5:25 PM
ghost rider
TDKR11 - 7/22/2011, 5:31 PM
If Chris Evans can play Johnny Storm and then pull off great performances as Steve Rodgers, Then IMO Elba deserves an audition for the role of Luke Cage.
TDKR11 - 7/22/2011, 5:31 PM
If Chris Evans can play Johnny Storm and then pull off great performances as Steve Rodgers, Then IMO Elba deserves an audition for the role of Luke Cage.
TDKR11 - 7/22/2011, 5:31 PM
If Chris Evans can play Johnny Storm and then pull off great performances as Steve Rodgers, Then IMO Elba deserves an audition for the role of Luke Cage.
MidwestAvenger - 7/22/2011, 5:33 PM
Too bad he did heimdall! He would have been a perfect Luke Cage! Maybe they can pull an Iron man and switch out black actors, so he can do Luke Cage.
gunner - 7/22/2011, 5:35 PM
One of the Best Actors around ....Hands down !!
Cast him as Luke Cage !!
gunner - 7/22/2011, 5:40 PM
I think Avenger8 called it .....
From this point on it's a Land Rush !!
jbender - 7/22/2011, 5:41 PM
A great actor can play anything. Elba can be Cage!
HULK2099 - 7/22/2011, 5:42 PM
Damn there's a battle royal for this role
Sithsidious66 - 7/22/2011, 5:43 PM
@grif - LOL my friend LOL indeed!!!!!!!!!
superpooper - 7/22/2011, 5:44 PM
That's a "no no" Idris. Too many places at once my friend. Quickest way to make your good career look baaaad. What's with the big 'ol boner for cbm's all the sudden? Just chill dude.
Herosave - 7/22/2011, 5:44 PM
Ehh, might be better to go with a no namer or someone else in general. I'm sure Idris could do it but he's already been Heimdell...

Plus I think a no namer would add a certain amount of freshness to marvel's movies in that we wouldn't really know what to expect.
TheSchemer - 7/22/2011, 5:53 PM
Chris Evans played the Human Torch in a non-cinematic marvel universe film, plus that FF franchise is dead. Evans can move on. Heimdall needs to stay Heimdall.
marvel72 - 7/22/2011, 5:53 PM
wouldn't be a bad choice.
DarthTesla - 7/22/2011, 5:58 PM
He's a great actor, so this could be awesome.

Would liked to have seen Michael Jai White as Cage, but with all the new Spawn news/rumors floating around, I want that to actually happen.

OR, Boris Kodjoe, from Resident Evil Afterlife would be AMAZING!
Spartan - 7/22/2011, 6:02 PM
If Elba can play Heimdall then Cage can be played by a caucasian.
Stop being narrow minded haters ya'all.
Diversity cuts both ways, no?
militantcharles - 7/22/2011, 6:09 PM
Elba for black panther
militantcharles - 7/22/2011, 6:09 PM
Elba for black panther
JohnTom88 - 7/22/2011, 6:10 PM
Elba is a way better actor than Michael Jai or Derek Luke.

If they want to make a good Cage movie and be damned with all, pick Elba for Cage. Heimdall is just a small role.



JohnTom88 - 7/22/2011, 6:12 PM
Black Panther is for Chiwetel Ejiofor, another actor who looks a bit sophisticated and like a calmer badass.

AC1 - 7/22/2011, 6:17 PM
no. Idris is awesome and I love the guy as an actor, but he's already Heimdall, as well as some other character in Ghost Rider. I think he's all set with the Marvel characters.
RunDTC - 7/22/2011, 6:30 PM
@ComicFan69: Derek Luke is Gabe Jones in "CA:TFA".

@fangz: I think you mean Terrence Howard. Terrence Stamp was Zod in "Superman II".
KingSaphron - 7/22/2011, 6:59 PM
@johntom Chiwetel Ejiofor would be a badass black panther

as for the elba luke cage idea i like the idea of it but i won't get my hopes up. MJW would be great for the part but i'm kinda crossing my fingers for a new better spawn movie.
hewilldefytheirgravity - 7/22/2011, 7:11 PM
Idris Elba will most definitely get an audition. I'm glad that the interest in Luke Cage is gaining momentum and we have Isaiah Mustafa to thank for it with his teaser trailer.
superpooper - 7/22/2011, 7:14 PM
Chiwetel could be a good BP, but would he do it?
screwlio - 7/22/2011, 8:04 PM
Watch one episode of "Luther" on the BBC, and you'll be convinced Elba should play Luke Cage.
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