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Idris Elba wants to play Blade and Luke Cage

The man who would be Cage ... and Blade

The man who would be Cage ... and Blade

Idris Elba, best known as Russell ‘Stringer’ Bell from the television show, The Wire, seems to be Marvel‘s new go-to man.

Elba, who is already playing Heimdall (the all-seeing sentry of Asgard) in Thor, recently told TotalFilm that he has signed a multi-picture deal with Marvel.

I have a picture deal with [Marvel]. I can’t tell you much about that, but I can tell you I’ll be back. … I wouldn’t mind having a crack at bringing Blade back, personally. There’s a couple of things there that they have. Luke Cage is … very interesting.

All of this is coming right after the news that he will be playing a warrior monk in the upcoming Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengence.

Do you think that he would be a good choice for Marvel? Or, is he flirting with over-exposure, and should those parts go to other actors (like the Old Spice spokesperson, Isaiah Mustafa).

Check below the jump for a mini-biography on Blade and Luke Cage.

The character of Blade is an African-American superhero vampire hunter who is known as a “daywalker,” a part-vampire whose mother was bitten moments before Blade was born. This granted Blade access to super-strength, speed, stamina and a healing factor, which he uses to rid the world of vampires. Marvel already made three Blade movies starring Wesley Snipes (Blade, Blade II and Blade: Trinity), but there has been talks of re-booting the franchise for a while.

Luke Cage is also an African-American superhero, but he was raised in New York City, and fell into a bad crowd and ended up in prison. He later volunteers for an experimental procedure in prison (based on Captain America‘s super-soldier serum). The experiments gave him super-human strength and impenetrable skin, and this leads him to create a team called “Heroes for Hire” with Iron Fist (aka Danny Rand, a martial-arts superhero, also rumored to be getting his own movie).

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