The Old Spice Guy is on the Radar for Luke Cage

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If he had his way, the guy who plays the Old Spice Guy (aka actor Isaiah Mustafa) in the Old Spice commercials will be sporting some shiny bling and taking on bad guys in Harlem via a big-budget “Luke Cage” movie, hopefully not wearing anything so gaudy as his ’70s wardrobe. Of course, a Luke Cage movie is far from happening, but if Marvel Studios decides to make it happen, Mustafa says he’s now “on the radar” for the role.

In a USAToday article about his acting career, Mustafa talks about his current string of movies, including his biggest role to date, on Tyler Perry’s “Madea’s Big Happy Family”. It’s not until the very end of the article that Power Man aka Luke Cage comes up:

Currently, Mustafa has a deal with NBC and appears occasionally on Chuck, and is angling to play black superhero Luke Cage. “I met with the Marvel Comics people, and they said, ‘Thank you for your interest; you’re on the radar now.’”

Okay, so not that big of a news there, but hey, it’s a slow news Monday. Mustafa may look too slight for Power Man, but he’s actually not. IMDB says he stands around 6’3″, and is a former NFL wide receiver. So yeah, it’s not like he can’t bulk up for the role, or do the physical stuff.

In any case, a Luke Cage/Iron Fist movie would be quite swell, but if I had to just choose one, I’d go with an Iron Fist movie first.

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  • Juggernaut

    Mustafa is an okay choice but there is a large list of actors who are better suited to play Luke Cage;

    Terry Crewes
    Michael Jai White
    Boris Kodjoe
    Idris Elba
    Tyrese Gibson

  • Juggernaut

    Mustafa is an okay choice but there is a large list of actors who are better suited to play Luke Cage;

    Terry Crewes
    Michael Jai White
    Boris Kodjoe
    Idris Elba
    Tyrese Gibson

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

      I agree with all of those choices. Just saying he’s one more to add to that list.

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

    He’s been vying for the role for a bit. Hell “Twisted Toyfare Theatre” (from Wizard/Toyfare mag) even had him as Luke Cage at The NYCC in a lilttle short. They used a toy Cage body with Mustapha’s head. He wouldn’t be bad and his love for the character could transfer to omething pretty cool. He’d definitely need to bulk up though. But I could see it. I’d rather Idris Elba, or AAA aka Mr. Echo. But hey I could go with this guy.

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

    Oh and yeah i’d love an Iron Fist movie based on his recent series.

    • Ironfist fan# rogernator5000

      Yes Ironfist for the win, he is the greatest! I need him to have his own movie and soon, he better join the Avengers although he is only in the New Avengers franchise, but I would really like to see Ironfist in a movie not Luke Cage, if he wa sin a movie it would be Ironfist 2 introducing Luke Cage and Jewel or something Ironfist is epic awesome!

  • http://twitter.com/Terminator2366 Bad Zack

    Tyrese Gibson

  • Ulik

    Tyrese is too short and too small plus he can’t get rid of that ACCENT. Whosoever plays as LukeCage MUST be able to pull off that Harlem “Swagger”. Idris Elba and Michael Jai White(form Brooklyn) are the ONLY ones mentioned that can do that. Give the OLD Spice Guy a cameo though.

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

      Lmao. I agree about Tyrese. Though he’s a decent actor and all, he is short, (but too small? Like he couldn’t bulk up, he’s already pretty cut) but Elba and White are my choices, followed by Kodjoe, and then Mustafa.

      Sent on the go.

      • Juggernaut

        Terry Crewes too! I forgot to add him in there!

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

          Same. If Crewes put his game face on he is perfect size, build, and look.
          Sent on the go.

          • Juggernaut

            He is my new front runner for this part! He certainly has the attitude, physique and physicallity to pull it off perfectly! Although he may be a bit too old.

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

            I’m of a mind that not EVERY hero has to be some young up and comer. I personally think that Cage works better as an older, experienced man. He has done some time, but he was never a bad guy. I think all of the actors we’ve mentioned could pull off the character, some better than others of course.

  • Ulik

    Crewes is too old and he doesn’t have the right look to his face, of course he looks mean but he doesn’t have a distinguished look or air about him at all. Luke Cage isn’t just some strong black dude, there’s a lot more to the character than that. I’d hire a great actor that is also attractive to females. Idris Elba, Michael Jai White or the guy who is currently playing the lead man in “Jumping the Broom”(Laz Alonso), they have the facial features that Cage should have, not a pretty boy but handsome. If this is going to be Marvel’s Studios first black hero then at least get somebody that is good looking. Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, and Robert Downey Jr. are all good looking guys, then aside from great acting, there should be an equally good looking black superhero too(no homo).

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

      I agree, but I wasn’t basing Crewes as Cage on wheteher he’s appealing to the eye, and that was a mistake to a point you’re right. I thyink right now the list of best actors for the role are:
      Idris Elba
      Michael Jai White
      Boris Kodjoe
      Laz Alonzo
      Morris Chestnut (currently on V)
      These are the guys that I think the ladies would swoon for and the men would root for. And none of these guys is under 25!

    • Ironfist fan# rogernator5000

      I think War Machine was the first ‘I don’t want to be racist’ on film so…yeah

      Luke Cage wouldn’t be the first MARVEL ‘don’t wanna be racist’ hero to have a movie

  • Ulik

    Crewes is too old and he doesn’t have the right look to his face, of course he looks mean but he doesn’t have a distinguished look or air about him at all. Luke Cage isn’t just some strong black dude, there’s a lot more to the character than that. I’d hire a great actor that is also attractive to females. Idris Elba, Michael Jai White or the guy who is currently playing the lead man in “Jumping the Broom”(Laz Alonso), they have the facial features that Cage should have, not a pretty boy but handsome. If this is going to be Marvel’s Studios first black hero then at least get somebody that is good looking. Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, and Robert Downey Jr. are all good looking guys, then aside from great acting, there should be an equally good looking black superhero too(no homo).

  • Ulik

    @Iron fist, yeah you do have a point, I don’t seeing anything remotely racist about what your saying. But I’m talking about a headliner superhero not a “sidekick”. BUT I WILL BE DAMNED if this guy Mustafa doesn’t scream FALCON to me. I can see THAT role for him 100% without a doubt. This guy is passionate about being a Marvel character, give him the other superhero from Harlem, The Falcon. Then maybe we could even see some interaction between Luke Cage and The Falcon.

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

      Ooooh Mustapha as Falcon. He’d be a great edition to the Cap sequel.

      Sent on the go.

    • Juggernaut

      Great call! Mustafa for Falcon would be on the money!