The Marvel Cinematic Universe is set to debut its next series on Netflix, Jessica Jones by the end of the year. In addition to featuring the character of Jessica Jones, a former superheroine turned private investigator, it will also feature the debut of superhero Luke Cage, who will then go on to star in his own Netflix series. While the Luke Cage Netflix series will be premiering sometime in 2016, casting is now well underway. Villains and heroes are now taking shape.
It is known that Mike Colter (The Good Wife) will play Luke Cage, while Oscar-nominee Alfre Woodard is reportedly onboard – and now, more familiar TV actors have just joined the hard-bitten series.
Actress Simone Missick has been cast as a young female lead named Missy. According to Deadline, the character is rumored to be Misty Knight, a former New York cop who loses her arm on the job and gets a bionic replacement from Tony Stark.
EW reports Sons of Anarchy star Theo Rossi is rumored to be playing a character named Shades, described as “relentless and menacing, smooth and manipulative, street-smart and controlling” . In the comics, Shades was in prison with Luke Cage at Seagate before escaping with his partner Comanche.
Rounding out these trio, is Daredevil alum Rosario Dawson. She will be reprising her role as the “Night Nurse” Claire Temple. Having her appear in the show makes complete sense, as Cage and Temple have been romantically involved in the comics. This is part of Dawson’s Marvel deal, which has her character pegged as potentially connective tissue for Netflix’s four Marvel shows, much in the same way Clark Gregg’s Agent Coulson was to The Avengers and all the Marvel standalone films.
Luke Cage (Mike Colter) is a former gang member who is framed for a crime. In prison, he volunteers for a medical experiment that goes awry, giving him super strength and bulletproof skin. Using his newfound powers, Cage escapes and becomes a hero for hire. His archenemy is Willy Stryker, a former childhood friend from Harlem. The two committed petty crimes together, and both fell for the same woman, Reva Connors, which led to their eventual falling out. It was Stryker who framed Cage for a drug deal that sent him to prison.
Daredevil season one is currently available on Netflix. Jessica Jones releases in Fall 2015, followed by Luke Cage season one and Daredevil season two in 2016. Iron Fist and The Defenders sometime thereafter.