After unconfirmed reports of multiple castings for Luke Cage, Marvel has firmed up its ensemble for the Netflix show. Additionally, showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker and Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb provided details on their characters and why these actors were cast.
First up, Loeb and Coker spoke on Ray Donovan actress Simone Missick joining the cast as Misty Knight, with Loeb saying, “We know fans have waited years to see Misty Knight brought to life, so we had to find the right actress. Simone blew us away with her performance as the strong-willed cop on a mission.”
Coker then spoke about Theo Rossi, joining the cast as Shades, a criminal from Luke Cage's past.
"Theo Rossi is a swiss army knife--no matter what you bring to him, he has a tool for it--and he’s playfully unpredictable. His Shades will be someone you hate to love.”
Up next, Coker praised Frank Whaley, joining the cast as NYPD detective Rafael Scarfe.
“Frank Whaley has a wiry intensity that he’s imbued in Det. Rafael Scarfe. He’s a great counterpart to Misty, and a wonderful actor.”
Finally, Loeb confirmed that Rosario Dawson's Claire Temple, who debuted in Daredevil season 1, would appear in Luke Cage.
“We are thrilled to have Rosario in another one of our television series,” said Loeb. “Her performance as Claire Temple in Marvel’s Daredevil was astonishing and we can’t wait to see her shine in Marvel’s Luke Cage.”
Luke Cage will premiere in late 2016 on Netflix.