A few weeks ago we brought you news that Marvel was looking at a few up-and-coming black actors for a major role in two of its upcoming Netflix original series, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage (the idea apparently being to introduce the Cage character in a few episodes of Jessica Jones, and then have him star in his own series later), and now it looks like the studio has found its man. According to Deadline, The Good Wife’s Mike Colter has landed the role of Luke Cage, a.k.a. Power Man.
The news came when Marvel announced that it had cast Breaking Bad alum Krysten Ritter as Jones in that series (which premieres ahead of the Luke Cage series, though the exact dates are unknown), and in that story was a mention of the fact that Ritter apparently nabbed the role partly because of her chemistry with Colter. The plan is to have Cage appear in six or seven episodes of Jessica Jones before the launch of the Luke Cage series some time later. (In the comics, Cage and Jones are married and have a child together.) Colter currently appears in the Xbox-exclusive video game spinoff series Halo: Nightfall.
The Marvel Netflix projects focus on “street level” heroes like Jones (a former superhero who gives up that life to become a private detective), Cage, Daredevil (move along, please ignore the 2003 Ben Affleck movie) and the martial-arts hero Iron Fist, and then have all of those heroes team up, Avengers-style, in a series called The Defenders. It doesn’t appear that Colter’s casting is 100% official just yet, so we’ll keep you posted on this project as more information comes out.