Quentin Tarantino Wanted Laurence Fishburne For His Unmade Luke Cage Movie

Quentin Tarantino revealed that he wanted Laurence Fishburne to play Luke Cage in his unmade movie based on the Marvel character.

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino has yet to make a comic book movie, but he almost did back in the ’90s. It has been well-known for sometime that he wanted to make a Luke Cage movie in the vein of Jackie Brown. However, Quentin Tarantino’s foray into comic book movies never happened.

Quentin Tarantino was recently on Amy Schumer’s 3 Girls, 1 Keith podcast, where he revealed that one of the reasons his Luke Cage movie never got made was because he wanted Man of Steel and Ant-Man and the Wasp star Laurence Fishburne as Power Man:

“There was a time before all this Marvel shit was coming out. It was after Reservoir Dogs, it was before Pulp Fiction, and I had thought about doing ‘Luke Cage.’ Growing up I was a big comic-book collector, and my two favorite [comic books] were Luke Cage: Hero for Hire, later Luke Cage: Power Man, and Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu. All my friends were like, ‘No, no, no, man, it’s got to be Wesley Snipes. And I go, ‘Well look, I like Wesley Snipes, but I mean, Larry Fishburne is practically Marlon Brando. I mean, I think ‘Fish’ is the man.’”

Do you think Laurence Fishburne would’ve been a good choice? Do you think the actor will return to the DC Extended Universe or the Marvel Cinematic Universe next? Comment below!

Here is the synopsis for Netflix’s series:

After clearing his name, Luke Cage has become a celebrity on the streets of Harlem with a reputation as bulletproof as his skin. But being so visible has only increased his need to protect the community and find the limits of who he can and can’t save. With the rise of a formidable new foe, Luke is forced to confront the fine line that separates a hero from a villain.

Luke Cage stars Mike Colter as the titular hero, Simone Missick as Misty Knight, Theo Rossi as Hernan Alvarez/Shades, Gabrielle Dennis as Tilda Johnson, Mustafa Shakir as John McIver/Bushmaster and Alfre Woodard as Mariah Dillard/Black Mariah.

Luke Cage is now available on Netflix.

Source: 3 Girls, 1 Keith

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden's affection for all things DC, Marvel, and Star Wars has led him to entertainment journalism at Heroic Hollywood as a News Editor.