It is being reported by multiple sources today that Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Alfre Woodard (Annabelle, 12 Years A Slave, State of Affairs) is joining the cast of Marvel’s Luke Cage. Though details are limited, according to the report she will be playing a lead character. Who exactly that character is, is somewhat a mystery. Reports say it is, Minetta, a powerful woman in local politics who will have an impact on Luke Cage’s life. Deadline says they are hearing that the character is actually “Marvel villain Black Mariah, a nemesis to Luke Cage as well as Iron Fist. In the comics, she is a professional criminal and a drug dealer.”
It wouldn’t be the first time that a Marvel character’s name or personalities were attached to someone new or an amalgam of a character was created in the Marvel Television or Cinematic Universes. Regardless this is some great casting as Woodward a fantastic actress and I’m definitely excited for Luke Cage to premiere. The series doesn’t have a premiere date yet, but we can expect it to debut sometime in 2016.