Luke Cage, played by Mike Colter in the coming series, will be going up against Ali, who plays a character named Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes.
‘Cottonmouth’ is a business owner who runs a Harlem Nightclub, and his criminal ties soon become tangled up and cause strife for Luke Cage. So as expected they will be going head to head at some point. Bring in Black Mariah and Shades into the mix and you get a volatile cocktail for Powerman.
Executive Producer/Head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb spoke on the casting:
Mahershala is an actor of extraordinary range and gravitas. As Cottonmouth he will really let loose. Luke Cage won’t know what hit him.
Cheo Hodari Coker (SouthLand, Ray Donovan) is set to write the series’ first two episodes in addition to serving as showrunner and Executive Producer.
Luke Cage is currently undergoing principal photography now in New York City under the production name “Tiara” and is likely to be released in 2016.