Mike Colter Cast as Luke Cage for Netflix and Marvel’s ‘Jessica Jones,’ Eventual Spin-off

Marvel previously announced a stand-alone series following Cage

Jessica Jones just found some muscle: Mike Colter has been cast in the role of Luke Cage on the upcoming Netflix series “Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones.”

And Colter will be a busy superhero — the comicbook company previously announced a spin-off series in the works following the Cage character. That series will come after “Jones,” which comes after “Daredevil.”

As previously announced, Krysten Ritter will star in the titular role of Jessica Jones; the 13-episode season will be released in 2015.

After a tragic ending to her short-lived super hero stint, Jones is rebuilding her personal life and career as a detective who gets pulled into cases involving people with extraordinary abilities in New York City. On one such case, Jones encounters the enigmatic 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 “Jessica Jones” Executive Producer and Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg. “We’re excited to have him bring this iconic Marvel character to life.”

“Fans have longed to see Luke Cage brought, and in Mike we’ve found the perfect actor,” said Jeph Loeb, executive producer and 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.”

Colter, who currently stars on “Halo: Nightfall,” has also appeared on “The Good Wife” and “American Horror Story: Coven.”

“Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones” is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.

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