Now that Marvel’s Jessica Jones has wrapped production, the network is moving full steam ahead on its next Defenders project, Luke Cage. Filming has officially begun in New York City and with it, some new details about the production have emerged.
First up, the series has received an official synopsis:
After a sabotaged experiment leaves him with super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) becomes a fugitive trying to rebuild his life in modern day Harlem, New York City. But he is soon pulled out of the shadows and must fight a battle for the heart of his city–forcing him to confront a past he had tried to bury.
Marvel has also officially confirmed four new characters and has given a brief description of each:
Simone Missick will be Misty Knight, “a Harlem police detective who is determined to learn the truth about Luke Cage.”
Theo Rossi will be Shades, “a ruthless criminal with ties to Cage’s mysterious past.”
Frank Whaley will be Raphael Scarfe, “a hard-nosed NYPD detective who partners with Misty Knight in their Luke Cage investigation.”
Rosario Dawson will be reprising her role as Claire Temple and “her blossoming friendship with Luke Cage will have a major impact on both characters’ lives.”
They, of course, are joining Mike Colter as Luke Cage, Mahershala Ali as Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes and Alfre Woodard who was confirmed as Mariah Dillard yesterday. Woodard’s character is said to be “a local Harlem politician–and cousin to recently announced Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes –who is looking to bring a new era of change to the streets she grew up on. Her personal life and professional career are thrown into turmoil by both Harlem’s newest hero Luke Cage as well as her cousin Cottonmouth’s nefarious acts.”
The official Luke Cage twitter account welcomed the villains in style:
— Luke Cage (@LukeCage) September 3, 2015
Along with the character news comes the first photos from the set, courtesy of ComingSoon.net. They show Woodard and Ali behind the scenes, but there’s nothing really spoilery here, unless you’re really into costume design.
The cast for this series is shaping up beautifully, which isn’t surprising, because Marvel seems to have the magic touch when it comes to casting. Say what you will about the villains on the movie side of the equation, but Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk was terrifying, but in such an amazing way, you couldn’t take your eyes off him. While they’re big shoes to fill, I fully expect that Ali, and especially Woodard, will bring something just as special to the MCU.
Luke Cage is set to premiere sometime in 2016 on Netflix.
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