House Of Cards alum Mahershala Ali has been cast in Netflix’s newest Marvel series Luke Cage. He will play Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes, a Harlem nightclub owner who becomes an unexpected foe in Luke’s life when Stokes’ criminal activities threaten Luke’s world.
“Mahershala is an actor of extraordinary range and gravitas. As Cottonmouth he will really let loose,” said Head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb, who also serves as an executive producer on Marvel’s Luke Cage. “Luke Cage won’t know what hit him.”
Luke Cage will star Mike Colter (The Good Wife) 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.
Mahershala Ali is no stranger to television, having had major roles on a wealth of network and cable dramas including Alphas, The 4400, Threat Matrix, Treme and Crossing Jordan. He is of course best known for his role on Netflix’s House of Cards as Remy Danton, an influential lobbyist and former protégé of Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) who was ultimately appointed White House Chief of Staff during the third season of the political drama.
He is the latest actor to board Luke Cage in the past month. As TVWise previously reported, Desperate Housewives and State Of Affairs alum Alfre Woodard was previously cast as Minetta, a powerful woman in local politics who will have an impact on Luke Cage’s life; while just yesterday Theo Rossi (Sons Of Anarchy) and Simone Missick (Ray Donovan) joined as series regulars. Rosario Dawson is also set to reprise her role as Claire Temple, which she first played on Daredevil.
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 Cheo Hodari Coker set as the showrunner. Production begins later this year for a global premiere on Netflix in 2016.