Deadline has learned that Alfre Woodard is finalizing a deal to star opposite Mike Colter in Marvel’s LUKE CAGE, the third series in Marvel’s four series package at Netflix.
Woodard will play Minetta, a powerful local politician who carries a big role in Cage’s life. However, Deadline also reports that “Minetta” could be a cover for Luke Cage’s main adversary in the comics, Black Mariah, a crime lord and drug dealer, though this has not been confirmed. LUKE CAGE centers on the titular character, a wrongly accused man who, granted superstrength by a sabotaged experiment, escapes prison and becomes a superhero for hire. He’ll make his first appearance on JESSICA JONES, which is scheduled to hit Netflix later this year. Cage is also a friend and business partner of Danny Rand aka Iron Fist, who will also be getting his own series. Marvel’s DAREDEVIL star Rosario Dawson is set to reprise her role as Claire Temple, who’ll become Cage’s love interest.
No word yet on when the series will begin production or when it’s scheduled to air.