From the recording studios to the halls of Degrassi, musician and rapper Drake has left his mark on the entertainment biz in a slew of ways. But, did you know that he could’ve been cast as a beloved DC superhero? That’s right, the “Hotline Bling” performer was in the running to don the costume of Cyborg aka Victor Stone and strike down baddies with his mechanically enhanced body and super strength.
Recently, concept artist Jared Krichevsky shared a piece that he drew up which features Drake as the human cyborg. The artist notes that while the series never came to be, those in charge were eying the Canadian-born entertainer for the role and wanted a sketch that would reflect what he would look like. Fans flocked to the post, some wondering why they would choose Drake and others wondering why they didn’t, before Krichevsky made an edit hoping to give some clarity. In his update, the artist mentioned that he was unsure of how far along in the casting process they were with Drake or any other performers and that no matter what, his Drake draw-up was “Still fun to work on.”
In the colorful picture, we see the rapper completely decked out in Cyborg gear. Covered in a thick metal bodysuit, the iconic headpiece wraps around Drake’s noggin, complete with the DC character’s cybernetic, infrared red eye and the computer system half. The photo also has the character rocking Drake’s real-life facial hair and giving a smirk – maybe he just cracked a joke with a nearby computer.
While many commenters were raising a ruckus about a musician stepping into the role of an actor, it isn’t a huge shock that Drake was being considered to join the team at DC. Film and television roles aside, adding a big name to a series trying to get its feet off the ground seems like a completely logical plan. But, just in case you forgot, the Grammy Award-winning performer has also snagged quite a few on-screen roles over the years.
Perhaps most notable, Drake was in Degrassi: The Next Generation as Jimmy Brooks from 2001 – 2008 where he appeared in a whopping 100 episodes. After he left the halls of Degrassi, his music career really began to take off, but he still found time to pursue his other loves of stage and screen. He would go on to do several one-off appearances in a variety of projects and even lend his voice to 2012’s Ice Age: Continental Drift as well as make a cameo in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.
These days, on the side of his still busy and profitable music career, Drake has taken a new enjoyment in helping productions get made and has worked behind the scenes. Serving as an executive producer, his name has been attached to pieces including Euphoria, The Carter Effect, and Top Boy. He also has some irons in the fire which will soon see the light of day such as Chillin’ Island and Black Ice.
Over the years, we’ve seen and heard some incredible performers bring the super-human strength as Cyborg including Ray Fisher and Jovian Wade, so we can count ourselves lucky. Even though we’d love to see Drake be featured as a power-filled character, Cyborg just wasn’t his ticket. The good news is that just because this wasn’t the right fit, that doesn’t mean there won’t be more opportunities for Drake to lend his talents in some way to the DCEU or MCU down the road.