Step Aside, Old Spice Guy. Eric Thomas Wilson Wants to be Luke Cage, Too.

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I don’t know who Eric Thomas Wilson is (and I doubt anyone out there does, either), but according to IMDB.com, he’s an actor who has had bit parts on TV shows like “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “Bones”. And oh yeah, that’s the pic of him to your left right there. Yup, dude certainly has the physique to play Luke Cage if Marvel Studios ever actually gets the film made like they’ve been talking about for years now.

Like Isaiah “Old Spice Guy” Mustafa before him, Wilson has put together a faux “Luke Cage” movie trailer with himself in the lead to sell the idea. You can see it below.

Will it work? It’s doubtful. I could be wrong, but I don’t think this type of campaigning for a role has ever actually worked before. Hell, it didn’t even work for Thomas Jane when he wanted to play Jonah Hex, and I doubt if it’ll work for this guy and Mustafa.

But hey, that having been said, this isn’t an entirely bad trailer for a “Luke Cage” movie. The evil White Guy laughing evilly is a bit much, though, and I could do without the voiceover, but maybe that’s just me.

Via ReelzChannel / Thanks to Juggernaut for the heads up

And in case you missed it, here’s the Old Spice guy’s pitch:

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  • Wildbullagow

    Not bad. I’d rather see someone pitching a Black Panther movie (one of my FAVORITE Avengers). I’d do it myself, but I’m white so….

    • Juggernaut

      Lol!

  • justjoe

    Seemingly every meathead of african american heritage sees himself as the next Luke Cage. Too bad none of the guys above shows enough charisma or acting skills to keep up with the size of their biceps. IMO the guy from Undisputed 3 would be ok, Tyrese Gibson would be fine and Michael Jai White would be perfect! And please bring on some fanmade Iron Fist trailers as well (were are all those daredevil martial artists if you need them?)!

  • justjoe

    Seemingly every meathead of african american heritage sees himself as the next Luke Cage. Too bad none of the guys above shows enough charisma or acting skills to keep up with the size of their biceps. IMO the guy from Undisputed 3 would be ok, Tyrese Gibson would be fine and Michael Jai White would be perfect! And please bring on some fanmade Iron Fist trailers as well (were are all those daredevil martial artists if you need them?)!

  • justjoe

    Seemingly every meathead of african american heritage sees himself as the next Luke Cage. Too bad none of the guys above shows enough charisma or acting skills to keep up with the size of their biceps. IMO the guy from Undisputed 3 would be ok, Tyrese Gibson would be fine and Michael Jai White would be perfect! And please bring on some fanmade Iron Fist trailers as well (were are all those daredevil martial artists if you need them?)!

  • Eagle Eye

    He certainly looked good as Luke Cage, and he had the right voice, but i just don’t see him side by side with Robert Downey Jr and Jeremy Renner…

    • Juggernaut

      Agreed. While this guy has the tone, look and physicallity of Power Man, he lacks the notoriety to be taken seriously. That being said, I think that of the actors lobbying for the part he is my second runner up after Idris Elba. Like you said, although Chris Hemsworth was a relative unknown before Thor and Chris Evans was only a mid-level star at best before his turn as Captain America, they both have the chops and a general charisma that makes them more acceptable among big name players like Renner, Jackson, RDJ and Scarlett Johansenn. Whoever eventually gets the part would need to be either jump off the screen exiting, a dead ringer or an established Hollywood name. While I think that Michael Jai White would be a great choice as well there is only one actor that I have in mind for Cage…I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, coming off of The Expendables Teery Crewes would be the perfect choice for the Hero For Hire!!!

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

        Agreed with everything you said except Crewes. Has the look, and the charisma but I don’t see him doing something this serious. I could be wrong of course. This guys Wilson is definitely good look and voice wise but I dunno. My list is Elba, Boris Kodjoe, Morris Chestnut, and Michael Jai White. Also even if a Cage movie gets made I doubt they’ll put him on the Avengers. He works great on the team in the comics because the big three aren’t all together. Having him on the team with Thor, Cap, and Iron Man on film, he’d be overshadowed.

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

        Agreed with everything you said except Crewes. Has the look, and the charisma but I don’t see him doing something this serious. I could be wrong of course. This guys Wilson is definitely good look and voice wise but I dunno. My list is Elba, Boris Kodjoe, Morris Chestnut, and Michael Jai White. Also even if a Cage movie gets made I doubt they’ll put him on the Avengers. He works great on the team in the comics because the big three aren’t all together. Having him on the team with Thor, Cap, and Iron Man on film, he’d be overshadowed.

        • Juggernaut

          I see what you’re saying. I think that a stand alone Power Man/Luke Cage film would be best. Having an Iron Fist Film around the same time would be cool. Then they could do a team up, Heroes For Hire movie afterwards. Oh and I don’t care what you say Terry Crewes IS LUKE CAGE! Lol.

          I hope that they only use his original look as a nod for the fans. When he’s in prison he has a large afro from being in solitary confinement. They then decide to have him be the test subject for a S.H.I.E.L.D. sponsored experiment. He is ushered to the lab wearing a yellow outfit for the injection procedure then as he fights his way out it tears and resembles the open collar look from the 70’s comics. As for the wrist bands and belt, they could be the wrist and ankle restraints that are attached to the chain belt that is often seen in maximum security jail sequences in movies. His signature metal headband could be a broken head restraint from the table that he broke free from. There could be one shot of him in all of that nostalgic attire standing tall, booming music and sparks and smoke filling the scene. That would be awesome!!! After escaping he ditches the restraints. He ditches the jumpsuit and reveals his signature white “wife beater” style tee shirt underneath. In order to evade the authorities he heads to an old friend’s house in Harlem to hide out and gather some stuff. His picture hits the local news as an escaped convict. To alter his appearance he shaves his sceruffier facial hair (an allusion to the large sideburns from the Power Man comics) and shaves his head. He grabs some jeans and a pair of timberland boots, puts on his friends sunglasses and heads out to track down the men who set him up.

          Having the Power Man name as a media created moniker would be cool too.
          That would be a really cool base premise.

          • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

            That was a great scene description. I like all those ideas. Especially the idea of doing an Iron Fist flick around the same time and having them team up for a Heroes for Hire flick.

          • Juggernaut

            That would make the most sense. Have them each established in their own film then do the team up as a sequel of sorts to both. If after a few movies any members of the core Avengers cast (RDJ, Renner, Scar-Jo, Ruffalo, or Evans) don’t return for an Avengers sequel Luke Cage and Iron Fist could step in. Obviously there would need to be some involvment throughout both of their solo flicks and the HFH movie by S.H.I.E.L.D. to bring it all together but that has kind of already been set up in the Marvel produced film. Fury has been set up as the tie that binds. He could show up after the evnets of those films and say that they have been keeping an eye on him since his escape and haven’t brought him in because of the good that he has been doing but now they need him and since he is actually a product of S.H.I.E.L.D. he is obligated. I don’t know, something like that. Similar to but much nicer than the Ultimate:Avengers with the made up character of the “Original” Hulk, Tyrone Cash. He could be a reluctant agent. He could even meet Jessica Jones through the Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D. and have other Avengers recruited to re-assemble the Avengers. By the time we see a Luke Cage film we will most likely also have Black Panther, Ant-Man, Wasp, Namor and others on the horizon. It could be like the comics with alternating line-ups of the team! Man, I’m getting WAAAY ahead of myself!!! LOL!

  • Anonymous

    Luke Cage needs to be thicker and stockier………..like a NFL line backer. Eric Thomas Wilson looks like a black version of Danny Pudi on steroids mixed with an old Chinese Sifu, thanks to that facial hair.

  • Eagle Eye

    Isiah Mustafa wasnt big enough for the role, thats what i liked about this guy. I would like to see a Power Fist film sometime soon, he has a lot of potential…

  • Eagle Eye

    Isiah Mustafa wasnt big enough for the role, thats what i liked about this guy. I would like to see a Power Fist film sometime soon, he has a lot of potential…

  • Shazam!

    Would this kind of self marketing work for any other hero except one who doesn’t wear a costume and has powers that aren’t expensive or difficult to reproduce on screen?

    In my opinion, I wonder if releasing this stuff to the public does more to hurt their chances than help them. Didn’t Thomas Jane try a similar tactic with Jonah Hex? I gotta think that to a studio full of suits this wouldn’t take kindly to some relatively unknown actor (or several) potentially creativing negative buzz for a film just because the fan favourite wasn’t chosen. Look at the crap that Nathan Fillion fans seem to stir up for every movie the guy isn’t cast in something? Green Lantern, the original Drake film, etc.

    Just saying is all…

    • Juggernaut

      There have definately been cases of this sort of thing backfiring on both the studio’s choice (Green Lantern in some Fan’s opinions) and the actors/actresses alike (Sean Young’s crazed, unwanted, private audition for the Catwoman role). While, as a comic fan, I enjoy these videos in my opinion they aren’t going to sway the results one way or the other. They seem to be done out of adulation of the character and are genuinely entertaining. Tyrese’s tirade about “showing Luke Cage some respect” on the other hand could have hurt his chances.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

      Well in most of those cases it was more the company just going with who they thought was best, and ended up wrong. Kevin Tacheron did the MK Rebirth short with no legal connection to WB or Midway and then was hired by them to reinterpet the franchise. And in some cases it comes back full circle like Jane voicing Hex in animated movie and Fillion vociong Hal Jordan. And Jackie Earl Hayley got the role of Rorschak by doing his own lil video with mask and all. So it really just depends on how serious they take it and present it.

      • Juggernaut

        That’s the thing, you want someone who has an actual attachment to the character because you know that they’ll do their best to do the material justice. However, you also need a somewhat recognizable actor to draw in the general audience and get asses in the seats. Here’s an example… Patrick Dempsey has been expressing interest in playing Dr. Strange. He is a pretty well known actor,seems to know a good deal about the character and has a sincere interest in doing a good job. You also have Johnny Depp’s name being thrown around. He is a great actor but has absolutely no clue who this character is and doesn’t seem to project any real interest in being involved. Now, if you are a studio executive, and a deal has been struck to potentially get Depp, who do you choose to headline your franchise? The smart money is on Depp! The guy is box office gold. Does that make him a good choice to play the Sorcerer Supreme? Who knows? He could be terrific or he could shit the bed!(more than likely he’d knock it outta the park. He’s Johnny friggin’ Depp!!!) Bottom line is the studio will most likely want a bankable star to be the face of any new character. Although, Hemsworth and Evans, as I’ve said before weren’t really stars before they were signed. So to wrap this up, I have no idea if Marvel is even going forward with a Luke Cage movie or not, let alone what the hell they’rev going to do about casting it! Lol.

        • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

          Absolutely! And agreed on Depp probably knocking the part out. I actually think he’d be perfect for it. Dempsey not so much but then again he does have a lot of love for the character. My take on the character was one part Dresden, one part Chris Angel (to make money) and one part Constatine. Of course that’s after he’s been established. You need a good origin first. As for your ideas on incorporating him into the Avengers later that’d actually work the way you set it up and wouldn’t be to jarring. Good stuff.

          • Juggernaut

            That would be a cool idea for a Dr. Strange characterization. Addmittadly I’m not to apt at fleshing out the more mystical and space oriented characters. I did start too pen a treatment for a DR. Strange film but only got so far. The premise was very straight forward origin story.
            Brilliant but selfish Neurosurgeon, Stephen Strange loses his career after a car crash. In an attempt to regain his ability to operate he searches out various cures eventually leading him to the Ancient One. After saving The Ancient One from death at the hands of his apprentice, Baron Mordo, Strange is taught the mystic arts and eventually becomes The Sorcerer Supreme. I thought of Mordo being possesed by the entity Nightmare and summoning the Mindless Ones. My take on Clea was an amalgam of the comics version and the TV series version. Clea Lake is a colleague and love interest of Stephen’s at the University. Before the car crash they had planned to marry. After the accident a despondent and disattached Strange leaves to locate his cure and Clea tracks him down. I was trying to find a good way to have her incorporated into the magic aspect without it coming off as hokey. My first thought was to have her unknowingly take on the spirit of Kaluu or Chthon (wasn’t sure which I was going with) at the end of the first film and be the protagonist in the second film. Then finish the trilogy with Dorammu who would control various other foes such as D’spayre, Nox, Satannish, Lilith,etc.

          • Shazam!

            Wanna know why Dempsey has a better shot at becoming ol Doc Strange? $$$

            Marvel has yet to really pay anyone major bucks to be in their films. They’ve been very strategic about their casting and it’s served them well so far… so far! They signed RDJ to do Iron Man when nobody in Hollywood would touch him with a ten foot cattle prod – then they get him locked into a nice 4 picture deal. Hugh Jackman – virtual nobody before X-men – now, Hollywood A-lister. The closest they’ve ever come was Edward Norton for TIH and they parted ways as soon as it was done citing “artistic differences” then turned around and signed a known name b-lister like Ruffalo to replace him (a poor choice in my opinion!) They almost lost Sam Jackson as Nick Fury over money reasons.

            I don’t envy their position – having big stories but not the dollars to make them happen. In my opinion they need to go the route of DC and WB. You get an oscar nominated director with a passion and vision for the character – then you go and get a financier like Legendary Pictures to make it happen. You look at the cast of Nolan’s Batman movies and they’re stacked with nothing but the best.

            I imagine Marvel probably has something of a rotten flavour in their mouth after Halle Berry made them make Storm a more central character in X3 or she’s walk.

            Actors are a funny bunch – no doubt about it!

            And just to complicate things – I’ll throw Jim Caviezel’s name into the mix for Dr. Strange. There are a couple of shots from the Count of Monte Cristo where the guy is spot on – I mean even his costume is just about there! Plus I think he’s one of the most underused capable actors in Hollywood!

          • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

            Nice. I was going for someting mystical but still gritty. The draker ugly side we don’t talk about in stories. I really like your take though.

            Sent on the go.

          • Juggernaut

            @Shazam
            I agree completely about Caviezel!!! In The Count Of Monte Cristo he was almost spot on!!! He is one of my favorite actors and has been on my Dr. Strange short list since the idea of a movie was being entertained. I also had him pegged for the role of Clark Kent/Superman back when a reboot was being kicked around, before Superman Returns was ultimately made. I also think that Rufus Sewell would be good choice. Obviously Depp is the front runner but your right about Marvel never hiring a huge name for their major roles now that I think of it.

        • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

          Absolutely! And agreed on Depp probably knocking the part out. I actually think he’d be perfect for it. Dempsey not so much but then again he does have a lot of love for the character. My take on the character was one part Dresden, one part Chris Angel (to make money) and one part Constatine. Of course that’s after he’s been established. You need a good origin first. As for your ideas on incorporating him into the Avengers later that’d actually work the way you set it up and wouldn’t be to jarring. Good stuff.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

      Well in most of those cases it was more the company just going with who they thought was best, and ended up wrong. Kevin Tacheron did the MK Rebirth short with no legal connection to WB or Midway and then was hired by them to reinterpet the franchise. And in some cases it comes back full circle like Jane voicing Hex in animated movie and Fillion vociong Hal Jordan. And Jackie Earl Hayley got the role of Rorschak by doing his own lil video with mask and all. So it really just depends on how serious they take it and present it.

  • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

    My favorite is still Bishop. Bad-ass and cerebral at the same time.

    • Juggernaut

      @DEdpool-
      thanks. I have been kicking around ideas for a few different stories for a while now. This is one of the ones that I am just stuck on. I suppose it is mostly due to lack of knowledge of the character. I know enough of the backstory and characters to frame out a general story but when it comes to the dialect and pathos of the characters, the real nuts and bolts, I’m at a bit of a loss. Maybe one day I’ll get it all out of the ol’ noggin. Lol.