Okay, boys and girls, simple enough: the announcement was made, some months ago, that Static Shock was returning to our TVs, in live-action form! In the meantime, not a whole heck of a lot of news has turned up about the project.
So, while we wait, let's speculate! Who do you think would be the best in the role of that young Black wonder who always brings the thunder?
To get you all started off, I did some digging, and here are my picks:
1) Luke Youngblood
For fans of Harry Potter, you might remember him from the movies (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets), as young Quidditch commentator Lee Jordan. Since then, he's shown up in a few TV series, including Community, as well as the upcoming ABC series Galavant.
What Stands Out:
He's British. Admittedly, his nationality makes me think that he could pull off a mix of smart guy and cocky, charismatic superhero. I mean, really, Idris Elba, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Noel Clarke...they just have such range.
2) Micah Williams
He has shown up in about three movies, including Like Mike 2, as well as TNT's TV movie The Ron Clark Story and Disney Channel's TV movie Jump In!. He has since appeared in Disney Channel's TV series Good Luck, Charlie.
He's already shown himself, in his Disney work, that he is capable of conveying Static's sense of humor that we know so well from the comics and the TV show. His humor gives him a very Peter Parker type feel--likeable, and relatable. That's a very important factor within Static's persona.
3) Mazin Elsadig
While seeming more a fan of short productions, he has also shown up a few times in the Degrassi spin-off Degrassi: The Next Generation, and worked alongside Micah Williams in the Disney Channel's TV movie Jump In!.
What Stands Out:
Similar feeling as that which I get from Micah Williams, though, based on his resume, he could likely convey a dramatic role with equal capability. Though less is known about him, this show could provide a nice proving ground.
4) James Charles Lewis Jr.
Perhaps best known as Li'l JJ, he has been on a wide array of platforms. He played in the movie Beauty Shop alongside Queen Latifah, he was a guest star on Nickelodeon's All That!, he was in the movie Yours, Mine & Ours, appeared in Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, had a role in The Secret Life of the American Teenager, voiced Luke Cage in the Super Hero Squad Show, showed up in the TV series Are We There Yet?, played a part in TNT's Men of a Certain Age, had a role in AMC's The Killing, and has recently showed up on TV One's The Rickey Smiley Show.
Well, duh! He seems to have the longest resume of this entire group. He looks like he's putting forth big effort to find a good niche role to hold onto. This might well be the perfect spot where he can stop and perch. If he works as hard at playing Static as he does at getting jobs, we might have ourselves a real hero on our hands. Not to mention, based on the titles he's been in, he has no problem doing a good mix of drama and comedy.
5) Jaden Smith
Best known generally for being the son of Will Smith. That being said, he is not without his own credit within the industry. He is first credited with a role on the TV show All of Us. He has since shown up in the movie Pursuit of Happyness, Disney Channel's TV series The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, a 2008 reboot of The Day the Earth Stood Still, a 2010 reboot of The Karate Kid, the movie After Earth and is currently slated to return in a sequel to the Karate Kid reboot.
What Stands Out:
Again--Will Smith's son. But even setting that aside, he does have a rather impressive resume. He has been in some big name productions, so his presence in the project alone would bring not only fans of the hero Static, but also fans particularly of Jaden Smith. And his training in martial arts certainly wouldn't hurt in the role of a superpowered crime fighter.
So, who do you think ought to get the role? Do you see your pick listed here? Have you got an ace up your sleeve? Do you prefer actor experience or actor potential? Got any other thoughts you'd like to add, that we might not know about the above actors, or other potential prospects? Let us know in the poll and comments below!