Marvel’s Luke Cage Netflix Series Casts Alfre Woodard In Major Role
Deadline is reporting that Alfre Woodard (State of Affairs, The Last Ship) is finalizing a deal to play the co-starring role of Minetta, a powerful local politician “who will have an impact on Luke Cage’s life.” Additionally, it’s being reported that the character is a version of the Luke Cage and Iron Fist villain from the comics, Black Mariah.
Woodard joins the previously cast Mike Colter, who will debut as Luke Cage in Jessica Jones when the series premieres in the fall. Southland and Ray Donovan writer/producer Cheo Hodari Coker will serve as showrunner and executive producer of Luke Cage. Additionally, it was previously reported that Power Man villain Cornell Cottonmouth could appear as an antagonist on the series.
Introduced in 1973, Black Mariah was the leader of a group of New York criminals called the Rat Pack, though she didn’t have any notable powers. After a run in with Luke Cage, she turned to drug dealing, but was defeated by Iron Fist, Power Man and fellow Heroes for Hire. She has only made a handful of appearances throughout the history of the Marvel comics.