If you’re a Marvel fan, this is an exciting time. We’ve got Captain America: The Winter Solider about to hit theaters, Guardians of the Galaxy arriving this summer, and production about to begin in New York City on the first of five planned Netflix shows: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. In case you didn’t know, Marvel and Netflix have teamed up to produce 52 one-hour episodes based on the Marvel characters, encompassing the four individual series (13 episodes each) and one four to eight-episode mini-series (dubbed The Defenders) that teams up all of the aforementioned characters and revolves around their exploits in Hell’s Kitchen. The Cabin in the Woods co-writer/director Drew Goddard is spearheading Daredevil as the writer and director of that series, which is likely the first to go into production, and Melissa Rosenberg is shepherding Jessica Jones. Details on the other shows, though, are forthcoming.
With production beginning soon, many of us have started to wonder who will land the coveted roles. In the past, fans have been vocal about wanting Terry Crews to play Luke Cage. The other day I spoke with the actor in anticipation of Tyler Perry’s The Single Mom’s Club, and during our conversation I asked him about the possibility of taking on the role. While Crews previously took himself out of the running for the role since it wasn’t actually moving forward, now that it is, he definitely sounded a lot more interested despite the fact that he’s under contract for Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine, saying “anything can happen” and “I’m game.” As a big fan of Crews, I’d love to see him land the role. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
“Anything can happen. All I know is scheduling and all that stuff—anything can happen. I’m open to all kinds of things, but who knows? Actually I took myself out of the Luke Cage running a while back, just because it was people trying to put people against each other. [It was] Idris vs. Michael Jai and I’m like, ‘Wait a minute, this is not even greenlit! Can we talk to Marvel? Why are you talking to me? Don’t put me against my homeboy for a movie that’s not existing.’ I said, ‘Take me out!’
“I heard [it’s greenlit] but I haven’t gotten any calls. I’ve been hearing stuff like, ‘oh you’re too old,’ and I’m like, ‘Man do my workout 20 years ago and we’ll talk about who’s too old (laughs).’”
“Like I said, anything can happen, I never rule anything out. I’m game. There are no rules. What’s up, Marvel? I’m right here, baby. I ain’t goin nowhere. You know where I live!” (laughs)