UPDATE: Well, he didn't exactly get Luke Cage (yet) but Idris Elba has been cast in Ghost Rider 2 (via Hollywood Reporter) which is just as awesome. There are fewer things better in this world than a Nic Cage movie where Nic Cage does his Nic Cage best and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance will hopefully be just as ridiculous as the first. Elba, you lucky bastard. Johnny Whitworth has also been added to the cast.
Idris Elba is a badass. Did you see him on The Wire where he made Michael Scott tremble in fear and made Jim Halpert look like a fool even though he himself was a kiss ass? Or what about his guest stint on The Office where he played the business smart right hand man to a drug king pin? Also do you remember that time where I got my television shows mixed up?
Anyway, Idris Elba has signed a multi-picture deal with Marvel Studios. He does have a part in the upcoming Kenneth Brangah Thor movie, but it’s not necessarily a franchise role. Elba has instead expressed interest in playing either Luke Cage or Blade.
And we should bend over backwards to make either of these a reality. Elba is a phenomenal actor. You want to know how good he is? I didn’t even know the guy was British and I’ve been a fan of the guy for years! Yes, it is because he is that good and not because I’m an idiot.
Of course this is all speculation at this point. The guy just said he would like to play the part not that he had been offered the part or that those films will even be made. But Idris Elba is a badass and if the guy can just say he wants to play a part, not that he had gotten it or he was offered, just the fact that he would like to play it and the media jump all over it like a dog on a bone, that is something to be jealous about.