EXCLUSIVE: Netflix’s Marvel series Luke Cage has added two more key players. I’ve learned that Sons Of Anarchy standout Theo Rossi has been cast as a regular opposite Mike Colter and Alfre Woodard in the third series from Marvel’s four-series package for Netflix. Additionally, I’ve learned that Rosario Dawson will reprise her Daredevil role as Claire Temple in Luke Cage. That makes sense since in the comic books, Claire is a romantic interest of Luke Cage. First introduced on Daredevil, Dawson’s Claire also is set to appear in the second Marvel series, Jessica Jones — where Colter’s Cage also will make his debut — before moving to Luke Cage.
Like most comic book adaptations, the breakdown for Luke Cage features fake character names. I hear Rossi was cast to play the “Sonny” role, described as relentless and menacing, smooth and manipulative, street smart and controlling. I hear that in fact Rossi would be playing Luke Cage’s enemy Shades aka Alvarez, a well known criminal.
In Luke Cage, Colter plays Cage, a wrongly accused man who, granted superstrength by a sabotaged experiment, escapes prison to become a superhero for hire. As we previously reported, Woodard is expected to play a version of Marvel villain Black Mariah, a nemesis to Luke Cage as well as Iron Fist.
Cheo Hodari Coker serves as executive producer and showrunner on the series, produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.
Rossi, best known for his role as Juan Carlos “Juice” Ortiz on FX’s Sons Of Anarchy, has Low Riders in the works, opposite Eva Longoria, and also co-stars in the Jon Cassar-directed When The Bough Breaks. He is repped by Greene & Associates and Management 360. Dawson is with CAA and Untitled.