Marvel has confirmed Alfre Woodard’s role in Luke Cage, the third series in its four-series package for Netflix. We previously reported Woodard was in the cast, and now Marvel is confirming and providing details on her character.
Woodard will play Mariah Dillard, a local Harlem politician — and cousin to recently announced Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes (Mahershala Ali) – who is looking to bring a new era of change to the streets she grew up on. Her personal life and professional career are thrown into turmoil by Harlem’s newest hero Luke Cage and Cottonmouth’s nefarious acts.
In Luke Cage, Mike Colter plays Cage, a wrongly accused man who, granted superstrength by a sabotaged experiment, escapes prison to become a superhero for hire. He becomes a fugitive trying to rebuild his life in modern day Harlem, New York City. But he is soon pulled out of the shadows and must fight a battle for the heart of his city–forcing him to confront a past he had tried to bury.
Marvel’s Luke Cage premieres in 2016 on Netflix. Cheo Hodari Coker (Southland, Ray Donovan) will write the series’ first two episodes in addition to serving as showrunner and executive producer. Marvel’s Luke Cage is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.