As much as we’d love to see Stringer Bell shouting “Sweet Christmas!” in the Luke Cage Netflix series, recent stories claiming Idris Elba was in talks with Marvel to play Cage are a based on a misunderstanding. In a recent interview with HuffPo, Elba said he “wouldn’t mind being the lead in a superhero movie”. When asked which superheroes he’d like to play, he said, “I don’t really have any superhero that I like. 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…”
Some outlets took that to mean he was in talks with Marvel for the role at some point and ran with the story. However, if you reread what he said, he only mentioned that there was talk about a Luke Cage movie, not that he was involved in any of those projects. Big difference between “there was talk” and “I was in talks”.
On a more interesting note, Idris Elba also mentioned he dressed up as Superman for Halloween, which is all the excuse we need to post these pictures of Idris Elba as Superman DJing the party at BOXPARK.