Marvel and Netflix announced Monday that Mike Colter has been cast as Luke Cage in Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones, the second of four 13-episode series premiering on Netflix in 2015, following Marvel's Daredevil.
According to the official announcement, “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. “
Colter will star opposite Krysten Ritter, who was just recently cast in the title role of Jessica Jones.
“Mike embodies the strength, edge and depth of Luke Cage,” said Executive Producer/Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg in a press release. “We're excited to have him bring this iconic Marvel character to life.”
"Fans have longed to see Luke Cage brought and in Mike we’ve found the perfect actor,” added Jeph Loeb, Executive Producer/Marvel's Head of Television. "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.”
Although the announcement doesn’t mention it, presumably Colter will then headline the solo Luke Cage series (the fourth following Iron Fist) before appearing on The Defenders event series teaming the four heroes.
Colter is currently starring in the PlayStation Network’s original series Halo: Nightfall as Jameson Locke and has played the recurring role of Lemond Bishop on The Good Wife.