He’s a DJ: that’s cool! But is he cool enough to take on the role of Luke Cage, the Harlem-based superhero? We might find out soon: In an interview with Total Film, Elba, who’s co-starring in Marvel’s upcoming Thor movie, says that he has a picture deal with Marvel and hints that he might be interested in a film about the original Hero for Hire. “Luke Cage is… very interesting” is all he admits (he also expresses some interest in a rebooted Blade franchise), but it’s enough to get my head spinning.Idris Elba is coolness personified. He was cool as Stringer Bell on The Wire. He was the coolest thing about The Losers and Takers.
I’ve always been a big fan of Luke Cage. Even if he’s always seemed a bit outdated since the ’70s, there’s something adorably no-bull about the former Power Man (especially considering how many superheroes have genius-level IQs or billion-dollar-fortunes or robot buddies.) Maybe they could pair up this Luke Cage project with the proposed Iron Fist movie, and make a film that was half-blaxploitation romp, half-kung fu action flick? Paging Quentin Tarantino?
PopWatchers, do you like Elba for Luke Cage?