The 2016 launch for Luke Cage has been confirmed. Marvel’s Cinematic Universe will expand to Netflix with a series of superhero TV shows based in Hell’s Kitchen starting with Daredevil followed by A.K.A Jessica Jones series and then by Luke Cage. The new series is scheduled to be released in 2016 on the Netflix, in all territories, where it is available. The 13 hour-long episodes will be released simultaneously, as opposed to a serialized format.
The main plot of the brand-new series is similar to that of the comics. Luke Cage is a former gang member, who is framed for a crime. In prison, he volunteers for a medical experiment that goes awry, giving him super strength and bulletproof skin. Using his newfound powers, Cage escapes and becomes a hero for hire. His archenemy is Willy Stryker, a former childhood friend from Harlem. The two committed petty crimes together, and both fell for the same woman, Reva Connors, which led to their eventual falling out. It was Stryker, who framed Cage for a drug deal that sent him to prison.
The series will be helmed by Cheo Hodari Coker . Coker was previously a writer/producer on TV series like Southland, Almost Human, and Ray Donovan; he also co-wrote the 2009 Notorious B.I.G. biopic Notorious. The extensive amount of crime drama TV work under Coker’s belt ought to serve him well as the showrunner on Luke Cage.
The show boasts of an impressive cast. Mike Colter will play the role of Luke Cage while Krysten Ritter will play Jessica Jones, another superhero character. Simone Missick will play Misty Knight, a former cop who becomes a superhero after losing an arm. Rosario Dawson will play Claire Temple, the Night Nurse who will spend time patching up the hero. She will be the person who ties up all the series together.
Pulp Fiction, Broken Arrow and Ray Donovan actor Frank Whaley has been signed on to Luke Cage in a recurring role. He’ll be playing a comic book character known as Detective Scarfe. In the comics, Detective Scarfe’s Christian name is Rafael or “Rafe” and he’s a valuable asset to assist the Heroes for Hire.
Marvel fans around the world will surely be looking forward to yet another exciting series on Netflix!