This past weekend at San Diego Comic-Con, Netflix dropped an amazing new trailer for the upcoming Luke Cage series. If somehow you didn’t catch it, here it is.
That’s fucking great, right? The pacing, action, and of course the soundtrack. Using Shimmy Shimmy Ya by Old Dirty Bastard is an inspired choice. Amid a slew of trailers released at the con, this one stands out.
As amazing as this trailer is, you know what would have made it even better?
That’s right, Terry effin’ Crews! Back when they first announced that a Luke Cage series was being made, he was my choice. Now, I know I’m not the only one to think this, the internet is littered with people who have the same opinion.
The show is probably completely finished at this time, so I’m not saying fire Mike Colter and reshoot the entire season. What’s done is done. Hopefully Colter will have a lot more to do in his own show than he did in Jessica Jones and will turn my opinion around as it relates to him.
Having said that, a small part of me is always going to wonder what Crews would have been able to do with the role.
Among his roles, Crews has shown a rare versatility for an action star. Able to do physically demanding and comedic roles. All the while having a charm on-screen that makes him a perfect fit for a character like Luke Cage.
Crews is a more well-rounded actor than most action heroes working today. From the Expendables series, to Brooklyn Nine Nine, to hawking Old Spice, there is little that Crews is not capable of. How does he not make the show a hit and a cornerstone of the Marvel TV universe?
Beyond his acting ability, the dude already looks like a friggin’ superhero! How nice would it be to not hear some pretty boy actor bemoan his training regiment that lead to the biggest payday of his life? I’m looking judgingly at you, Hemsworth. (You know which one.)
So which one of these guys looks like he participated in a crooked prison experiment that granted him unbreakable skin and super strength? (You know which one.)
The frustrating thing about all this is that Crews actively went after the part.
It would be one thing if they thought he wouldn’t do it, but he publicly stated repeatedly that he would! As we all know an actor openly campaigning for a role always works out for them.
Could that have been the reason not to cast Crews though? He seems like the character come to life.
The only reason I can fathom is that the studio felt that he was getting too old. The (almost) 48-year-old actor still shows a tremendous amount of energy weekly on Brooklyn Nine Nine. However, we’re all aware that this powerful studio would never have a 50-year-old actor helm one of their major projects.
Really though, who knows? Maybe the resulting show would have been too much and all of our heads would have exploded. Seems as reasonable to me as any other argument.
The silver lining here seems to be that Crews himself seems to have moved on. Now if only I could.
Crews has stated that he is also interested in portraying the Silver Surfer. Due to the current status of the Fantastic Four franchise, this seems unlikely. At least anytime soon.
Hey, they still need someone to play Cable in Deadpool 2, right?
You gonna be the one to tell him no again?