Terry Crews on Marvel's 'Luke Cage': 'I'm Game'

The "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" actor tells Marvel that he's "right here, baby" if they want to cast him as a hero for hire in the upcoming Netflix original series.
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Marvel Studios’ Luke Cage, based on the fan-favorite Hero for Hire and Mighty Avengers character, may be some time away from production -- never mind its eventual debut as a Netflix original series -- but Terry Crews is already expressing interest in the lead role.

Talking to Collider, the Brooklyn Nine-Nine star said that he was “open to all kinds of things, but who knows?” about a role that he has been linked to in the past, both in terms of industry rumors and many fans’ dream casting.

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“Actually I took myself out of the Luke Cage running a while back, just because it was people trying to put people against each other,” Crews said. “[It was] Idris [Elba] vs. Michael Jai [White] and I’m like, ‘Wait a minute, this is not even greenlit! Can we talk to Marvel? Why are you talking to me? Don’t put me against my homeboy for a movie that’s not existing.’”

Now that the property has been greenlit as a Netflix series, however, Crews is putting himself back in the running. “I’ve been hearing stuff like, ‘Oh, you’re too old,’ and I’m like, ‘Man do my workout 20 years ago and we’ll talk about who’s too old (laughs),’” he said. “I’m game. There are no rules. What’s up, Marvel? I’m right here, baby. I ain’t goin' nowhere. You know where I live!”

Dear Marvel: If this ends up happening, it would be amazing (as long as it doesn’t interfere with his Brooklyn Nine-Nine schedule, of course). Please and thank you.