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Luke Cage may have just found its villain. Award-winning actress Alfre Woodard (State of Affairs, True Blood) is closing in on a deal to join the cast of Marvel’s Luke Cage.
Deadline‘s Nellie Andreevna reports that Woodard will be playing Minetta, “a powerful woman in local politics who will have an impact on Luke Cage’s life.” However, she mentions that the character could very well be a version of Marvel villain Black Mariah, a drug dealer and criminal who has acted as an antagonist to both Luke Cage and Iron Fist.
Mike Colter (Halo: Nightfall) will play Luke Cage, a wrongly accused man who gains superpowers, breaks out of prison, and eventually becomes a superhero for hire. Colter will be the first to portray Luke Cage in live-action and will debut in the Jessica Jones Netflix series before headlining his own show next year.
Cheo Hodari Coker (Ray Donovan, Almost Human) serves as executive producer and showrunner on Marvel’s Luke Cage, a project produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.
Alfre Woodard is represented by ICM Partners and Circle of Confusion and can be currently seen in the feature film Mississippi Grind.