Deodorant pitchman and celebu-nerd Isaiah Mustafa has already gone on record saying he would love to play Luke Cage if a Power Man movie came out. What’s the next step? Well, for Mustafa to release his own little fan flick starring himself as Cage, of course. Honestly, while I think Mustafa would make a great Cage, I don’t think this video is the strongest sell — but I do think if a celebrity is so determined to star as a certain nerd character that he/she does something like this (Thomas Jane’s self-appointed Jonah Hex make-up tests also come to mind) studios should go ahead and let ’em. Obviously, having a star that genuinely cares about the character and the property doesn’t ensure a successful movie (obviously, there’s no way Jane would’ve saved Jonah Hex), but hell, it never hurt, either. Thanks to VexedbyRaptors and everyone else for the tip.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.