Mike Colter is going from Good Wife bad guy to superhero-for-hire.
Confirming weeks of speculation, Marvel announced on Monday that Colter will play Luke Cage, a street thug turned strength-enhanced hero, in the upcoming Netflix series AKA Jessica Jones, which stars Krysten Ritter.
Ostensibly (though not confirmed), Colter will later headline the Luke Cage standalone series that was originally announced as part of the Marvel/Netflix team-up, which kicks off with a Daredevil series starring Boardwalk Empire’s Charlie Cox, also gives Iron Fist his own show and culminates in a miniseries event that reimagines The Defenders, Marvel’s dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters.
“Fans have longed to see Luke Cage brought to life, and in Mike we’ve found the perfect actor,” Marvel TV chief Jeph Loeb said in a statement. “Viewers will get to meet Luke Cage in Marvel’s AKA Jessica Jones, and experience why he is such an important super hero in the Marvel mythos.”
Colter’s other TV credits include Ringer, American Horror Story: Coven and The Following.