A new Marvel television series for the cable channel Freeform has moved closer to reality after casting two young actors who have already made their mark on both HBO and the Disney Channel.
Cloak & Dagger, a live-action series based on the Marvel superheroes who debuted in 1982, have cast Aubrey Johnson as Cloak’s Tyrone Johnson and Olivia Holt as Dagger’s Tandy Bowen, according to Dark Horizons.
The story focuses on Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson, teenagers from different backgrounds who grapple with newly acquired superpowers. Tandy can emit daggers of light, while Tyrone can engulf others in darkness – even as they fall in love.
Marvel Television executive vice president Jeph Loeb first revealed development of the series in 2011 for Freeform, which at the time was known as ABC Family. However, the series really didn’t kick off until last April when Marvel and Freeform renewed the announcement, eyeing a 2018 debut.
Joseph most recently appeared in the critically acclaimed HBO series The Night Of, and made a guest appearance in 2014 on NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Holt has been a longtime star for Disney, which also is the parent company of Freeform. She first starred in the Disney Channel comedy Kickin’ It beginning in 2011, and later starred in I Didn’t Do It.
Holt recently finished work on three different movies, including Same Kind of Different as Me with Renee Zellweger, Jon Voight and Greg Kinnear. It’s set to hit theaters in October.
She’s also set to appear in Eric Stoltz’s Class Rank with Kristen Chenoweth and Bruce Dern. Holt also has a role in the independent comedy Status Update.
Joe Pokaski, a former co-executive producer on the Netflix series Daredevil, will lead the production of Cloak & Dagger, saying in a statement that Joseph and Holt were perfect for the title roles.
“The characters of Tandy and Tyrone have always stood out for me ever since I first met them in the pages of Marvel comics when I was a boy. When Olivia and Aubrey read for the roles, these characters leapt off the page. We’re so excited to see what these talented young actors bring to the Marvel universe.”
The series is still a little ways off from going into production. Marvel said it could be ready for a Winter 2018 debut on Freeform.
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