Marvel’s relationship with Netflix began to bear fruit earlier this year with the critically acclaimed first season of Daredevil, and with the debut of Jessica Jones on the horizon, the studio is looking ahead to its next TV project: Luke Cage. Three names were added to the cast earlier today, and one of them will be a familiar face.
Deadline reports that Rosario Dawson will reprise her Daredevil role as Claire Temple, making this the third Marvel series the character will appear in. Claire was a love interest for Cage in the comic books, but no word on whether or not the show will explore that sort of relationship.
Simone Missick has also been cast in what is being described as a “key role,” a younger female lead who is listed as “Missy” on the show’s breakdown. But Deadline thinks this character is actually Misty Knight, a former NYPD officer with a bionic arm who becomes a loyal friend and ally for Cage.
The other big addition is Sons of Anarchy star Theo Rossi, who has been cast in the role of Shades, a criminal who Deadline describes as “relentless and menacing, smooth and manipulative, street smart and controlling.” In the comics, Shades and Cage served time together during Cage’s incarceration, so it wouldn’t be too surprising if the show recreates that origin.
It should make for some interesting territory for Rossi, who played Juan Carlos “Juice” Ortiz during Sons of Anarchy‘s seven-season run. His character may have been a criminal, but he was always likeable and sympathetic – don’t expect Shades to be cut from the same cloth.
Mike Colter will headline the series as Luke Cage, a former street tough who gets sent to prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Cage volunteers for an experiment while serving time, and finds himself left with superhuman strength and an indestructible exterior, which leads him to return to his old neighborhood and become a “superhero for hire.”
Luke Cage will be the third series born from the Marvel and Netflix partnership, with Iron Fist serving as the fourth. The overwhelming success of Daredevil prompted the streaming network to order a second season, which should arrive sometime next year – most likely before Luke Cage, as Daredevil is currently shooting and the latter has yet to begin production.