Yet Another Villain Cast For Luke Cage

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The villains are certainly stacking up against Luke Cage at the moment. No sooner do we hear that Theo Ross has been cast as Shades (see here) in Marvel’s upcoming Netflix series than we get the announcement that Mahershala Ali (The 4400, Alphas, House Of Cards, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay) has been signed up to play Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes.

The character is simply called Cornell Cottonmouth in the comics. First introduced in 1974 in Power-Man #19, a New York crime boss, trading in heroin, who enlisted Luke Cage into his organisation (but Lukey boy was just playing a ruse to bring him down).

The official announcement from Marvel describes Stokes as, “a Harlem nightclub owner who will become an unexpected foe in Luke’s life when Stokes’ criminal activities threaten Luke’s world.”

Simone Missick also joined the cast yesterday in the role of Mercedes “Misty” Knight, former cop with  bionic arm and one half of the Daughters Of The Dragon (with Colleen Wing) in the comics, and long-time girlfriend of Cage associate Iron Fist.

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