Marvel and Netflix have found their Luke Cage.
Mike Colter, who has had a recurring role as drug kingpin Lemond Bishop on CBS’ critically acclaimed drama series The Good Wife for the past six seasons, has been tapped to play the iconic role in both Netflix’s Jessica Jones and Luke Cage series, TVWise has learned.
Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones follows Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), a superhero turned Private Investigator in New York City. 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.
Part of a five-series package deal between Marvel and Netflix, Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones is being produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television – the two companies who are also behind ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the upcoming Agent Carter. Colter will be a series regular on Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones, before eventually seguing to the dedicated Luke Cage series as the lead.
“Fans have longed to see Luke Cage brought and in Mike we’ve found the perfect actor,” said Marvel’s Head of Television Jeph Loeb, who serves as an executive producer alongside Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg. “Viewers will get to meet Luke Cage in ‘Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones,’ and experience why he is such an important super hero in the Marvel mythos.”
The Jessica Jones series will launch globally on Netflix in 2015, shortly after the streaming giant’s first original Marvel series Daredevil debuts. The dedicated Luke Cage series starring Mike Colter, the as-yet-uncast Iron Fist series and mini-series The Defenders, which will tie all four shows together, will then follow into 2016.