While you no doubt already know Luke Cage because you binge-watched Jessica Jones last weekend, here’s a refresher: Luke Cage the series is one of the live-action shows that Marvel and Netflix are making together, and Luke Cage the man is a superhero with super strength, rock-hard skin, and amazing pectorals (we added that last part). Ahead of its 2016 premiere, the show’s cast was on set in New York City Wednesday, so we got our first glimpse of what the show would look like. Mike Colter will continue on as the title character, Rosario Dawson will return as Claire Temple/Night Nurse, Alfre Woodard will play Mariah Dillard, Simone Missick will play Misty Knight, and Frank Whaley will play Detective Scarfe.
The show’s cast also includes Sonia Braga, as Claire Temple’s mother, Soledad, Theo Rossi as a man from Luke Cage’s criminal past, and Mahershala Ali as Cottonmouth, who in the MCU will be the cousin of Alfre Woodard’s Mariah Dillard. Dillard is an interesting addition. On first glance she appears to be a new character, but she may actually be intended to ultimately become the supervillain Black Mariah—an enemy of both Luke Cage and Danny Rand.
Taken together, the casting for the show suggests that viewers will be treated to a fascinating array of character development. I’m particularly happy to see more of Claire Temple and learn about her past; I’m also excited about the prospect of a complex origin story for Mariah Dillard.
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