Marvel's Luke Cage Casts Mahershala Ali in Key Role

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Netflix's Luke Cage series is shaping up very nicely!

The latest bit of casting news brings on board Mahershala Ali as Cornell "Cottonmouth" Stokes, a nightclub owner whose criminal activities threaten Cage's world making him an unexpected foe.

Ali is known for his work in another Netflix series, House of Cards, as well as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2.

Mahershala Ali

The last two days have been a whirlwind of activity in the Luke Cage world. Also announced was the addition of Rosario Dawson, who will join the series as her Daredevil character Claire Temple. In the comics, Temple was a love interest of Cage. Dawson has already been tapped to appear in the upcoming Jessica Jones series.

Theo Rossi (Sons of Anarchy) has been chosen to play series regular Shades, a manipulative and street-savvy criminal, while Simone Missick (Ray Donovan) will play an ex-cop who receives a bionic arm thanks to Tony Stark.

Luke Cage will be coming to Netflix sometime in 2016, an exact drop date yet to be determined.

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