We have our Power Man. Now if this show can just be good.
After months of fan-casting, recent rumors have turned out to be true: Marvel has announced today that Halo: Nightfall actor Mike Colter has been cast as Luke Cage in the studio's Netflix-based cinematic universe.
Colter will make his debut as Power Man on AKA Jessica Jones, the upcoming series staring Krysten Ritter as the former superhero-turned-private detective. As the official press release puts it, "During the course of an investigation in New York City, private investigator Jessica Jones encounters the enigmatic Luke Cage - a man whose past has secrets that will dramatically alter Jessica in ways she could never have imagined."
Anyway, AKA Jessica Jones will launch on Netflix in 2015 sometime after Daredevil. Luke Cage will then be spun off into his own still-untitled Netflix show. Feel free to discuss this news and how it makes Christmas even better, in comments.
The full press release follows:
Marvel and Netflix are proud to announce that Mike Colter will star as Luke Cage in "Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones," an all-new 13-episode series premiering on Netflix in 2015 following "Marvel's Daredevil."
During the course of an investigation in New York City, private investigator Jessica Jones encounters the enigmatic Luke Cage - a man whose past has secrets that will dramatically alter Jessica in ways she could never have imagined.
Colter will star opposite Krysten Ritter, who plays the title role in "Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones."
"Mike embodies the strength, edge and depth of Luke Cage," said Executive Producer/Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg. "We're excited to have him bring this iconic Marvel character to life."
"Fans have longed to see Luke Cage and in Mike we've found the perfect actor," said Jeph Loeb, Executive Producer/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 is currently starring in the XBox original series "Halo: Nightfall" as Jameson Locke. He has appeared in a number of critically-acclaimed television series, including "The Good Wife" and "American Horror Story: Coven."
After a tragic ending to her short-lived super hero stint, Jessica 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.
"Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones" is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.