Rumors have been floating around regarding British-born actor Idris Elba (The Thor films, Pacific Rim) possibly being cast as Marvel superhero Luke Cage.
Now, for the first time Elba has admitted (in an interview with The Huffington Post) that talks with Marvel Studios regarding the role did actually take place.
There was talk about Luke Cage at one time — I thought Luke Cage was a pretty interesting character. They were going to do it, but I don’t know what happened.
What happened, of course, was nothing.
Luke Cage the film was banished to Development Limbo, and Marvel plans on producing a Netflix series around the character–without Elba.
Not that there isn’t hope for the future: Marvel has admitted the possibility of the Netflix series getting adapted into a feature film, and optimists can always hope the studio gives Elba a ring if they’re looking for a new leading man for the project.
In other words, there’s still an outside chance that someday, we could see this:
(Image by CC Scorsese via Deviantart)