Chatted to former NFL player cum actor Brian J. White (â€œFightingâ€, â€œThe Game Planâ€) this morning, whoâ€™s keen to let the world know heâ€™s ready and willing to play comic book hero Carl Lucas.
White, who recently returned from Canada where heâ€™s been shooting Joss Whedonâ€™s â€œCabin in the Woodsâ€, says heâ€™s been trying to snag the role of Luke Cage for years.
â€˜â€™I would love to be Luke Cageâ€, says the amiable actor, â€œIâ€™ve been saying it over-and-over again in the press for years! Those are the roles – Green Lantern, Green Hornet, Luke Cage. Thereâ€™s some other graphic novels â€“ some horror ones â€“ that I also like, but I really would love to do Luke Cage.â€
White believes he has the right build, as well as the acting chops, to front a movie like â€œLuke Cageâ€.
â€œI think I have the skill-setâ€ fit for a superhero movie, says White. â€œLike Iron Man, you have to be able to handle drama and comedy; you have to have the physique to be able to take off your shirt; you have to have a certain statue â€“ if youâ€™re 5â€™8 it doesnâ€™t really work so well, unless itâ€™s a small superhero â€“ and you have to have a certain athletic ability. Thatâ€™s what Iâ€™m angling towards. These are $150 million-dollar movies, so Iâ€™m trying to pay my dues, and do the work, so that I might get a look-in.â€
John Singleton (“2 Fast 2 Furious”, “Baby Boy”) has been loosely attached to direct the feature-film adaptation of “Luke Cage” for several years – - with Tyrese Gibson said to be the filmmaker’s favourite to play the title role. But with nothing set-in-stone, the role is seemingly still wide-open!
Meanwhile, White is trumpeting director Drew Goddard’s â€œCabin in the Woodsâ€ â€“ which he says is testing through the roof!
â€œ[Joss Whedon] has created a new take on the Cabin in the Woods formula and itâ€™s incredibly funny, itâ€™s gory, and itâ€™s smart. Joss is a mad scientist! Any genre fan is going to really, really going to love this. If youâ€™re even remotely a fan of Joss I think youâ€™re going to love it. I hear they just did a screening, and it went down very wellâ€“ he apparently hit it out of the parkâ€.
White was impressed with co-star Chris Hemsworth, the Aussie actor who recently snagged the lead role in Kenneth Branaghâ€™s â€œThorâ€.
â€˜â€™Heâ€™s a big deal now, because of Thor and Red Dawn. Heâ€™s fantastic in the film, but itâ€™s essentially anchored by Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford â€“ heâ€™s of course from The West Wing, and Jenkins is an Oscar Nominee for his work in last yearâ€™s The Visitorâ€.