Though cast months ago, it’s only now been revealed which role Derek Luke (“Notorious,” “Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail”) is set to play in the upcoming “Captain America: First Avenger” for Marvel Studios.
Blackfilm has confirmed that Luke will play Gabe Jones, an original member of the elite Howling Commandos combat squad of World War II.
In comics lore, Jones was the first African-American to serve in an integrated unit and a close confidante to Sergeant Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). Jones would later join Fury as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Luke joins a cast that includes Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Hugo Weaving, Sebastian Stan, Toby Jones, Samuel L. Jackson, Dominic Cooper, Tommy Lee Jones, Stanley Tucci, and Neal McDonough. The film is scheduled to open July 22nd 2011.