Mike Colter Cast as Luke Cage for ‘A.K.A. Jessica Jones’

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[dropcap size=small]M[/dropcap]arvel and Netflix have announced that Mike Colter will star as Luke Cage in Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones.

The new 13-episode series will premiere on Netflix in 2015 after Daredevil makes its debut first.

A.K.A Jessica Jones stars Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad) as the title character – A former costumed superhero who is now the owner a small private investigative firm.

According to an official press-release, during the course of an investigation in New York City, Jessica Jones with cross paths with the enigmatic Luke Cage- a man whose past has secrets that will dramatically alter Jessica in ways she could never have imagined.

Luke Cage (a.k.a Power Man) was created by Archie Goodwin and John Romita Sr., and first appeared Luke Cage, Hero for Hire #1 in 1972. Imprisoned for a crime he did not commit, he gains superpowers in the form of unbreakable skin and superhuman strength. He has gone on to make frequent appearances in various Avengers titles, and often teams up with fellow superhero Iron Fist.

Please, please, please use the original outfit.
Please, please, please use the original outfit.

On Colter’s casting, A.K.A. Jessica Jones executive producer and showrunner Melissa Rosenberg says:

[dropcap size=small][/dropcap]Mike embodies the strength, edge and depth of Luke Cage. We’re excited to have him bring this iconic Marvel character to life.”

Marvel’s Head of Television Jeph Loeb is also thrilled about the actor’s casting:

[dropcap size=small][/dropcap]Fans have longed to see Luke Cage and in Mike we’ve found the perfect actor. Viewers will get to meet Luke Cage in Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones and experience why he is such an important super hero in the Marvel mythos.”

Colter currently stars in the Xbox Original series Halo: Nightfall as Jameson Locke. He has also appeared in The Good Wife and The Following.

Luke Cage will later get his own standalone series later in the year, as announced in the Marvel/Netflix team-up, which includes Daredevil, A.K.A Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist.

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