Casting is really ramping up for Marvel and Netflix‘s upcoming Luke Cage series. Now we got word that Mahershala Ali (House of Cards and The Free States of Jones) is joining the cast. He’ll be taking on the role of Cornell ‘Cottonmouth’ Stokes in the series who is “a Harlem night club owner [who] will become an unexpected foe in Luke’s life when Stokes’ criminal activities threaten Luke’s world.”
Ali is an amazing addition to what is looking like a fantastic cast. What do you think? ‘Luke Cage’ is set to stream on Netflix sometime in 2016.
“Mahershala is an actor of extraordinary range and gravitas. As Cottonmouth he will really let loose,” said Executive Producer/Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb. “Luke Cage won’t know what hit him.”
It was previously announced that Mike Colter (“Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” “The Good Wife”) will play the charismatic lead character, Luke Cage, in the series. Cheo Hodari Coker (“SouthLAnd,” “Ray Donovan”) will write the series’ first two episodes in addition to serving as showrunner and Executive Producer.