Mike Colter is Officially Luke Cage for Marvel

With Daredevil now officially wrapped on production, Marvel is turning more of it’s attention to it’s next planned mini-series in conjunction with Netflix, AKA Jessica Jones.  We knew that Ritter had been cast as the titular lead, but only heard rumblings as to who would play Luke Cage opposite her.  Marvel has now made that announcement, casting Mike Colter (Halo: Nightfall) as the superhero.  

Marvel and Netflix are proud to announce that Mike Colter will star as Luke Cage in “Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones,” an all-new 13-episode series premiering on Netflix in 2015 following “Marvel’s Daredevil.” 

During the course of an investigation in New York City, private investigator Jessica Jones encounters the enigmatic Luke Cage – a man whose past has secrets that will dramatically alter Jessica in ways she could never have imagined. 

“Mike embodies the strength, edge and depth of Luke Cage,” said Executive Producer/Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg. “We’re excited to have him bring this iconic Marvel character to life.” 

“Fans have longed to see Luke Cage and in Mike we’ve found the perfect actor,” said Jeph Loeb, Executive Producer/Marvel’s Head of Television. “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.” 

For fans who’ve been itching to see a live-action version of Luke Cage, the wait is nearly over.  AKA Jessica Jones is expected to go into production early in 2015.  Frankly, I’m excited for all of Marvel’s Netflix projects.  I’m interested to see how they all interconnect and getting to see some of these more “minor” characters get a chance to shine.  What do you think of the casting?