Captain America: The First Avenger NewsExclusively Confirmed: Derek Luke To Play Howling Commando Gabe Jones
by Wilson Morales
March 11, 2011
When it was recently announced that Derek Luke had a role in the upcoming Marvel film, ‘Captain America: The First Avenger,’ many fans and websites were curious as to which character the 36 year-old New Jersey native would play since the studio hadn’t mentioned it in numerous press releases on the film.
Since there are only a few African American comic book characters from the Marvel universe during that time period, Blackfilm.com exclusively confirmed through a reliable source that Luke will playing Gabe Jones, an original member of the elite Howling Commandos combat squad of World War II.
In an early 2010 interview with Chud.com, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige had stated that Jones would be part of the film but had not cast the role at the time.
As the first African-American to serve in an integrated unit, Jones, who was also known for carrying his trumpet into battle, is one of the close confidantes to Sergeant Nick Fury, who would later become the head of the organization S.H.I.E.L.D. Jones would later join him as an agent.
Luke last appeared in the 2009 films, Tyler Perry’s ‘Madea Goes to Jail,’ and ‘Notorious.’ In 2009-2010, he starred in the now-cancelled NBC medical TV series, ‘Trauma.’
Directed by Joe Johnston, ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ stars Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Hugo Weaving, Sebastian Stan, Toby Jones, Samuel L. Jackson, Dominic Cooper, Tommy Lee Jones, Stanley Tucci, and Neal McDonough
Scheduled to be released in 3D on July 22, 2011, the film will focus on the early days of the Marvel Universe when Steve Rogers volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America.
Born during the Great Depression, Steve Rogers grew up a frail youth in a poor family. Horrified by the newsreel footage of the Nazis in Europe, Rogers was inspired to enlist in the army. However, because of his frailty and sickness, he was rejected. Overhearing the boy’s earnest plea, General Chester Phillips offered Rogers the opportunity to take part in a special experiment… Operation: Rebirth. After weeks of tests, Rogers was at last administered the Super-Solider Serum and bombarded by “vita-rays.” Steve Rogers emerged from the treatment with a body as perfect as a body can be and still be human. Rogers was then put through an intensive physical and tactical training program. Three months later, he was given his first assignment as Captain America. Armed with his indestructible shield and battle savvy, Captain America has continued his war against evil both as a sentinel of liberty and as leader of the Avengers.