Following rumblings last summer about a potential Luke Cage (AKA Power Man) feature film, star Idris Elba announced today at the Thor press conference that he'd be interested in playing the Hero for Hire.
"I'd like a stab at Luke Cage," he said when asked if there were any other Marvel Universe characters he'd be interested in portraying.
Elba, who is still best known for his role as Stringer Bell on "The Wire,", would have some competition for the part. Isaiah Mustafa recently spoke with SuperHeroHype about his quest for the role. Other names that have been thrown around include Tyrese Gibson and Jamie Foxx. There could, potentially, be multiple live action iterations of the character on the way, however. In addition to the possible feature, development has begun on a television adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis' series "Alias" (retitled to "AKA Jessica Jones"), which, at least in the comics, featured Cage as a recurring character (and ultimately the husband of the lead).
In Thor, Elba takes on the role of the Asgardian, Heimdall. Jaimie Alexander, meanwhile, plays Sif and also knows exactly who else she'd like to play in the Marvel Universe.
"X-23!" she announced, eagerly.
Sadly, an X-23 film is not currently in the works (and the rights would fall to 20th Century Fox rather than directly to Marvel Studios) but her choice is definitely proof-positive that Alexander knows her comics.
Thor hits theaters this Friday, May 6th in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D.