Rapper T.I. Being Courted For A Marvel Film?

At SXSW, rapper T.I. whose acting credits include ATL, American Gangster and Takers revealed that Marvel's been knocking at his door. But for what role?

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By Mark Julian - 3/23/2012

At the recently wrapped SXSW Festival, rapper T.I. [real name Clifford Joseph Harris] teased a number of acting projects that he is currently in talks for including a Marvel film. Said the rapper, “I will not let any cats out of any bags prematurely,” while relaxing speaking to Forbes on his tour bus. “[But] there is a Marvel Comics franchise that has been inquiring about my availability for quite some time." Skip to the 03:10 mark in the video below to hear T.I.'s words for yourself.

At this point, your guess is as good as mine about what role Marvel could be pursuing the rapper to play. It could be an established character or someone entirely original. The actor typically doesn't stray too far from his laid-back, suave, hip-hop persona when selecting movie roles so it would have to be a Marvel character similar to that description. Obviously, the character that immediately comes to mind is Luke Cage, but equally obviously is the fact that T.I. is way too small to play Cage.

If you have a good guess as to which character T.I. could potentially be in talks for sound off below in the comments section.





Source: Forbes
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sunwukong86 - 3/23/2012, 6:53 AM
Luke Cage, Falcon, Black Panther, a Blade reboot....
ksommer - 3/23/2012, 6:56 AM
I could see Falcon.
lostarkeo - 3/23/2012, 6:59 AM
Black Panther or Falcon.
THABATMAN - 3/23/2012, 7:00 AM
Im a fan of his music but not of his acting. Didn't like him too much in takers
Fogs - 3/23/2012, 7:03 AM
Rhodes will be changed again?
BIGBMH - 3/23/2012, 7:04 AM
I'm kind of stumped. I can't see him as Falcon and I don't think they'd be looking to bring him to the movies any time soon. He doesn't seem big enough to play Luke Cage or like what they'd be looking for in Black Panther. Blade seems like the best bet.
jerseysportsbullies - 3/23/2012, 7:06 AM
Falcon came to mind as well but maybe Patriot in some young avengers thing. Or Goliath. Also came to mind was a Fury film, howling commandos in Nalm or fist Gulf if they update it. In that case gabe jones or a young G.W. Bridge
JackBauer - 3/23/2012, 7:06 AM
Blade or Falcon.
vtopa - 3/23/2012, 7:08 AM
Roll Credits...

Thug#3: TI
RunDTC - 3/23/2012, 7:10 AM
Bane2099 - 3/23/2012, 7:11 AM
I'm stumped, really cant picture him as any big marvel character, his so so acting skills and basic srawniness throws me off trying to guess who he can play

Still think Blade should go to Michael Jai White, hes already a martial artist and in hella shape, hed be a great replacement for Wesley Snipes if he doesnt want to return for the role
Lilvic92 - 3/23/2012, 7:12 AM
T.I is one of the only good rappers that can actually act(enjoyed his performance in takers), along with...
2pac
Ludacris
EMINEM etc.

But not good enough to play a MARVEL hero...no thanks.
Name - 3/23/2012, 7:13 AM
I'm baffed.
Rhinoman - 3/23/2012, 7:14 AM
I think he is full of it, trying to up his value during negotiations. Might be Ghost though would prefer Alan Rickman for the role
Hawksblueyes - 3/23/2012, 7:16 AM
Blade. He is too small for Falcon, Panther or Cage. He is almost the same size as Snipes (with some working out involved) so he would fit the established "on screen Blade size."
ROBBEATZZZ - 3/23/2012, 7:16 AM
WOW..HE'D HAVE TO DO A HUGE TURN AROUND TO PULL OFF A MARVEL CHARCTER
gs3007 - 3/23/2012, 7:17 AM
i can't see him in a hero role...but a villian..yes. He could play one of the thugs from Cages' old neighborhood or one of the first experiments from prison or simply a prisoner.
StrangerX - 3/23/2012, 7:17 AM
WTF...NO way will I ever see a Marvel movie with T I as the hero
MartianSupermanhunter22 - 3/23/2012, 7:18 AM
Lyke omg T.I.!!!!! I hate rap. Get Tosin from Animals as Leaders. He's black, and way more talented.
6of13 - 3/23/2012, 7:19 AM
Absolutely NO to Black Panther. No way.
BabyAddams - 3/23/2012, 7:21 AM
He looks like he could be Luke Cage, i could see that, black Panther's way more likely with Avengers sequels on their way though. He's far too young to pull off being Blade though, and I can't see Falcon getting his own franchise any time soon when they're still running with Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, The Avengers, Amazing Spiderman, X-men First Class- they're probably just going to milk sequels for a while aren't they?
Wildaniel - 3/23/2012, 7:21 AM
As much as I love T.I. as a rapper and actor he is full of CRAP, lol.

About 2 weeks ago he said he would be in a DC COMIC movie.

http://www.rap-up.com/2012/03/10/ti-defends-iggy-azalea-against-azealia-banks/

This is what they said...

T.I. shared that he is in talks to appear in two major movies. One is a remake of a “very huge blockbuster,” where he will star alongside a “phenomenal leading lady.” The other is a DC Comics film.
6of13 - 3/23/2012, 7:22 AM
I don't particularly like rap and so I think a real actor should play the part of Black Panther.
LordThanos231 - 3/23/2012, 7:23 AM
I'd rather see Idris Elba, Dwayne Johnson or Wesley Snipes play Luke Cage.
Wildaniel - 3/23/2012, 7:23 AM
Maybe he will be in both a dc and marvel film.

Maybe he will be in an X-Men First Class squeal.
NextHero08 - 3/23/2012, 7:25 AM
@Wildaniel- I'm sorry, is your name T.I.? How do know for a fact he wasn't approached by both DC and Marvel? I mean he is a celeb, it's not impossible.
StrangerX - 3/23/2012, 7:25 AM
The only rapper I could see in a Comic is Common who was already in talks to be Green Lantern John Stewart.
MarkJulian - 3/23/2012, 7:26 AM
@StrangerX That avatar is killing me dude, LOL.
BruceLeroy - 3/23/2012, 7:27 AM
He might be a villain or a secondary character which I could easily see. I highly doubt he'd be playing a superhero. He's not a bad actor so I'd be cool with it.
NextHero08 - 3/23/2012, 7:27 AM
Might be one of the lesser known black characters in the Marvel closet that they want to make mainstream. Way I see it, T.I. can only go up compared to Shaq and "Steel".
thanos83 - 3/23/2012, 7:28 AM
LOL u people are nuts! this is complete bunk. do u guys know how short T.I.is? that alone cuts him out of consideration for the top tier of black marvel heros...he may hav a cameo at best in something he,s just blowing smoke,hes probably just trying to get there attention,
blvdnoise - 3/23/2012, 7:29 AM
Falcon seems most plausible, only less likely.. Villian is probably the best bet.
thanos83 - 3/23/2012, 7:29 AM
lol..he's going 2 be mose's magnum
Sanderman - 3/23/2012, 7:30 AM
He won't be the lead actor for whichever Marvel film he's in talks for. He'll be a smaller, supporting character at best
Lockjaw - 3/23/2012, 7:32 AM

T'challa.
TheManWithBigEars - 3/23/2012, 7:34 AM
I can actually see him as Blade, sure he'd have 2 hit gym HARD, but can definitely c it; he's a decent actor too so that helps
6of13 - 3/23/2012, 7:34 AM
I didn't watch the vid.

Could it perhaps be a role in the Hulk or Punisher TV series?
Ceejay - 3/23/2012, 7:34 AM
Thousands of struggling black actors out there and Hollywood continues to give their jobs to Rappers and singers, assholes!
Lockjaw - 3/23/2012, 7:34 AM
Although I would be surprised if Falcon is not in the captain america sequel...
blvdnoise - 3/23/2012, 7:36 AM
I could totally see Black Panther joining the MCU.. I just can't see TI coming off as being from Wakanda. lol
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