Posted on Thursday, November 21st, 2013 by Angie Han
Just about every actor in Hollywood has been cast in, linked to, or rumored for a Marvel superhero at some point or other, but one story that’s cropped up quite a few times over the years is that Idris Elba was in the running to play Luke Cage. Elba himself seemed perfectly happy to roll with this particular claim, telling press he’d “like a stab” at the character.
Ultimately, though, nothing came of that chatter. The long-rumored movie languished in development, and a few weeks ago Marvel announced that they were developing the character for a Netflix series. But for what it’s worth, Elba confirms now that he actually got as far as meeting with Marvel at some point. Hit the jump to see what he had to say about it, as well as his comments on those James Bond and Jurassic Park rumors.
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The announcement that Marvel and Disney are launching four characters on Netflix and ultimately building towards a super-team was a big deal. Starting in 2015 we’ll see Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist on Netflix, and eventually they’ll all come together to form NYC-based team The Defenders.
But those characters may not be limited to appearances on Netflix. If the shows do well enough, Jay Rasulo, Senior Executive VP and CFO of the The Walt Disney Company, says that any one of those characters could earn their own movie. Read More »
Remember the report that Marvel was developing four new live-action TV shows with the intent to partner with a non-traditional TV outlet to present them?
The deal has been revealed, and the basic terms are that Disney and Marvel are setting up shows for Netflix based around four characters: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage. Those characters will each get a 13-episode series, and over “multiple years” the shows will build towards what will basically be a TV version of The Avengers, with the capper being a miniseries featuring Marvel super-group The Defenders. Read More »
What is the origin of this teaser trailer in which Old Spice pitchman Isaiah Mustafa plays Marvel hero Luke Cage? We know that Marvel Studios has talked about making a Luke Cage film, but this is not a trailer for that movie. This is, in effect, a trailer for a film that doesn’t exist. So did Isaiah Mustafa conjure this up on his own, or is there some other force at work?
Check out the teaser below and start talking about whether he seems right for the part. Read More »
Here’s some potentially frustrating news.
Last week, someone got possession of Samuel L. Jackson‘s copy of The Avengers shooting script, and attempted to sell it to any film sites and bloggers who were willing to pony up the cash. The good news: It appears as if nobody was thoughtless enough to do so.
We’ve resisted posting about the screenplay leak for fear that it would provide the seller a podium off which to auction his goods. The bad news: A site that shall not be named didn’t think their actions through, and posted several photographs worth of evidence of the script to prove the offer was legit. The images, which feature massively watermarked script pages strewn across a table, very clearly detail a scene where the Hulk transforms in front of Black Widow as Iron Man and Captain America frantically search a large boiler room. I suppose there’s no harm in telling you that now, since evidently the scene won’t be appearing in the film. Read More »
Luke Cage isn’t one of Marvel’s higher-end properties, but in keeping with their strategy to build smaller budget action pics (about $20-$40 million) around their third tier characters, they’ve been slowly making progress on bringing the urban hero to the big screen. At one point John Singleton was attached to direct, and Tyrese Gibson (Fast Five, Transformers) was in talks to take on the role. That started around 6-7 years ago though, so that time may have passed.
The time hasn’t passed for Marvel, however. Just last year, the studio was said to be in preliminary talks for the film with “a notable Hollywood star”. It’s doubtful that was in reference to Old Spice spokesman Isaiah Mustafa — an actor who has frequently voiced his desire to play the character — but given how supportive the online comic book geek community has been toward his proposed casting, it’s worth noting that he has in fact met with Marvel about playing Luke Cage. Learn more about this, and where Captain America fits into The Avengers, after the break. Read More »
Celebrating the release of the trailer for Thor, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige took part in a web chat with the LA Times and Marvel fans. He discussed — very briefly in all cases — a few impressions of Captain America, and some vague possibilities for the future of Marvel Studios. There’s no hard and fast news here, but if you’ve been curious about the status of the Marvel slate, and of possibilities for films like Black Panther, Ant-Man, Moon Knight and more, read on. Read More »
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In April, I recorded a video blog with Steve from Collider in which we discussed the future of Marvel feature films. In the video, Steve pitched the concept of a live-action television series called Marvel Heroes where the comic turned movie studio could introduce third tier comic book superheros to mainstream audiences. The idea being that the characters that connected with audiences could be developed for the big screen. That idea might never happen, but it looks like Marvel/Disney could be planning something similar.
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