SOPRANOS' ANNABELLA SCIORRA Joins Netflix's LUKE CAGE

Annabella Sciorra
Annabella Sciorra
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Annabella Sciorra has been cast as Rosalie Carbone for Luke Cage's second season on Netflix. The character is described as "a dangerous downtown criminal underworld power player with an eye, and an agenda, toward Harlem."

Hailing from Chuck Dixon and John Romita Jr.'s early 1990s run on Punisher: War Zone, in comic books Rosalie Carbone is the daughter of Julius Carbone, leader of a Mafia crime family. Carbone became smitten with a new recruit to the family business, who was later revealed to be an undercover Frank Castle. Following the death of her father, Carbone took over the crime family and targeted the Punisher. She was killed by a former friend in 1996's Punisher #5.

Here's how Marvel Television describes the second season:

In “Marvel’s Luke Cage” Season 2, after clearing his name, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) has become a celebrity on the streets of Harlem with a reputation as bulletproof as his skin. But being so well known has only increased the pressure he feels to protect the community. With the rise of a formidable new foe, Luke is forced to confront the fine line that separates a hero from a villain.

Marvel hasn't specified who that "formidable new foe" is, however in the reporting of Sciorra's casting Entertainment Weekly describes her as the season's primary villain.

Annabella Sciorra is best-known for her roles in Jungle Fever and the television series The Sopranos.

“I’ve been a huge fan of hers since Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever, and Anabella Sciorra is no joke as Rosalie Carbone," said showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker. "You haven’t seen her this gangster since her thrilling turn as Tony’s formidable flame Gloria Trillo on Season 3 of The Sopranos. I’m thrilled her introduction to the Marvel Universe will be on Marvel’s Luke Cage."

This is the second Netflix role Sciorra has secured in recent months, aftering a recurring role in G.L.O.W.'s upcoming second season.

We couldn’t be happier to be working with such an incredible talent,” said Marvel's head of television, Jeph Loeb. “This character is complex and layered and Annabella is the perfect actress to portray her.”

Luke Cage's season 2 is scheduled to be released June 22.

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