I don’t envy Isaiah Mustafa. Okay, well I envy his physique and comic timing, but I don’t envy his struggle to break out of his breakthrough role as “The Old Spice Guy”. Going from pitchman to serious actor is a leap for audiences and they’ll have to be acclimated to him becoming more than just the man your man could smell like. Mustafa has been doing good work in raising his profile by grabbing guest spots in Hot in Cleveland, Chuck, and NCIS, a supporting role in Madea’s Big Happy Family, and he’ll also be co-starring in Horrible Bosses this summer. But these roles all pale in comparison to the one Mustafa really wants: Luke Cage. Mustafa has created a fake teaser trailer for the character and even did an amusing sketch for Marvel.com where his head was superimposed on a Luke Cage action figure. Hit the jump to check out the videos along with more details on Luke Cage.
For those not familiar with the character, he’s an African-American superhero in Marvel’s roster who was wrongly sent to prison and in order to get early parole, he submitted himself to an experiment that gave him superhuman strength and impervious skin. He frequently teamed up with fellow black superhero Iron Fist (who also has a movie churning through early development) to fight crime.
While Marvel’s Luke Cage currently has no screenwriter attached, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has stated his love for the character. Even though Marvel is going big with The Avengers, they shouldn’t forget their second- and third-tier characters, especially one like Luke Cage who wouldn’t necessarily demand a monster budget.
The question is whether or not Mustafa can seriously get into contention for the role. Back in October, Idris Elba said he was circling the role as well as a reboot of Blade. Also, as you may recall, Thomas Jane campaigned for Jonah Hex, but that role ended up going to Josh Brolin. But sometimes if there’s fan support, it can boost an actor’s chances, which was the official story when it came to fans rooting for Jackie Earle Haley to play Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street reboot. I don’t know how much of a shot Mustafa has at Luke Cage or even how seriously Marvel is taking the project, but I definitely would like to see more black superheroes and Mustafa certainly has the charisma to at least be worthy of consideration for larger roles.
[Videos via The Playlist]