Derek Luke’s role in Captain America: First Avenger has finally been revealed!
Luke will be playing none other than Gabe Jones – member of the “Howling Commandos,” as confirmed by BlackFilm.com.
Private Gabriel Jones was the first African American to serve in an integrated unit (in the comics, that is!), and a close friend to Nick Fury. The “First Attack Squad” was stationed in England with missions primarily taking place in Europe. Eventually, Jones would go on to join SHIELD with Fury at the helm.
Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios and producer on Cap, said that Luke was in the movie – but the the part was never stated.
Now we know.
Derek Luke is known for roles in the tv series Trauma, Notorious, and Friday Night Lights.
Captain America: First Avenger hits theaters July 22nd, 2011 directed by Joe Johnston and starring Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America and Hugo Weaving as his arch-enemy — Johann Schmidt, the Red Skull.
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