Alfre Woodard To Star In Netflix’s Marvel Series ‘Luke Cage’

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Alfre WoodardAlfre Woodard is going from leader of the free world to local politician. The State Of Affairs and Desperate Housewives star is close to inking a deal to co-star opposite Mike Colter (The Good Wife) in Netflix’s 13 episode drama series Marvel’s Luke Cage.

Luke Cage will star Colter as the eponymous superhero. The character will first appear in Netflix’s second Marvel series A.K.A. Jessica Jones, before seguing to Marvel’s Luke Cage as the series lead. During the course of an investigation in New York City, private investigator Jessica Jones encounters the enigmatic Luke Cage – a man whose past has secrets that will dramatically alter Jessica in ways she could never have imagined.

Woodard is set to play Minetta, a powerful woman in local politics who will have an impact on Luke Cage’s life. According to Deadline, who broke the news of the impending casting, the character is a new take on well known Marvel villain Black Mariah, a professional criminal and drug dealer who is something of a nemesis to bot Luke Cage and Iron Fist.

Marvel’s Luke Cage will be the third series to come out of Netflix’s bumper deal with Marvel for four television series and a miniseries tying the four together (in a similar vein to the Avengers films on feature side). The series is being produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television, with Jeffrey Bell serving as the executive producer. Cheo Hodari Coker is the showrunner and will pen the first two episodes. Production begins later this year for a 2016 global premiere on Netflix.