Get To Know More About Luke Cage And Actor Mike Colter
Television audiences first caught glimpse of Luke Cage in the Netflix series Jessica Jones, but now the comic book superhero with unbreakable skin is getting his own highly anticipated series. Executive producer and showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker – whose long list of impressive credits includes Notorious, Ray Donovan and Southland, to name a few, envisions Luke Cage as “’The Wire’ of Marvel television.” How’s that for a strong pitch?
Actor Mike Colter is perfectly suited for Power Man, a reluctant hero who was wrongfully imprisoned and whose body was scientifically altered. Now armed with super strength and on a quest for redemption, nothing can stop him.
Before Luke Cage debuts on Netflix on September 30, read up on Mr. Colter and learn a little something about what the show promises to deliver. We’re sure that Luke Cage (and actor Mike Colter) will make a fan out of you yet.
A Columbia, South Carolina native, Mike Colter knew from a young age that he wanted to be an actor. He attended Rutgers University, where he not only graduated with an MFA degree in acting, but met his future wife, Iva. Acting seems to run in Colter’s family. He’s a cousin to actress Viola Davis.
Colter’s long list of film and television credits includes The Parkers, Million Dollar Baby, Law & Order, American Horror Story, The Following, The Good Wife, and, of course, Jessica Jones.
Is This for Me?
Colter was initially hesitant to take on the role of Luke Cage. He and his wife had just had a baby and filming would mean a lot more than long days and nights, it would also mean uprooting his family to New York. What changed his mind? The work that was put into both Jessica Jones and Daredevil. After reading the scripts and watching what his fellow actors did with that material, he realized that playing Luke Cage would be the role of a lifetime.
In an interview with ComicBook, Colter explained how Luke Cage exists in a very grounded environment. “There are superpowers,” he said, “but for the most part I think less is more, and it seems like you’re dealing with people who are trying to be low key. I really like the idea that I’m not wearing a costume. I’m a street-level hero and I’m trying to work on saving the community. That’s what it is. It’s really grounded, and I’m really happy about that.”
Colter is Marvel’s first Black lead in a series or movie since they released Iron Man in 2008, the first film in the Marvel cinematic universe.
A lot of TV shows are based in a particular city, but that doesn’t mean they’re shot in that city. That’s not the case with Luke Cage, which takes place and is shot in present-day Harlem.
Marvel certainly had some trepidation about the use of the n-word in Luke Cage, but showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker insisted it make the cut. Here’s what he told Collider about it: “…my whole thing was that, in using that word, I didn’t want it to be comfortable. I wanted every single time that it’s heard for people to think about it. But I also really wanted the show to live on its own terms, from the standpoint of, this is what it’s like when you eavesdrop on black people talking to each other. That word will come up, at times, in certain ways, so I wanted to explore the context with which it was used.”
Veteran actress Alfre Woodard rounds out the Luke Cage cast. She plays Mariah Dillard, a Harlem politician who traffics drugs on the side.
In Luke Cage, actress Simone Missick plays the first live-action adaptation of superhero Misty Knight. There’s already talk (at least from comic fans) about Knight having her own spinoff show.
Claire Temple, actress Rosario Dawson’s character, is a doctor and one of Cage’s early love interests. She appeared in both Daredevil and Jessica Jones as well.
Each episode of Luke Cage takes its name from a Gang Starr song. Why? Because Coker wanted the 13 episodes of Season 1 to feel like a binge-friendly album. Composers Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest and Adrian Younge help make that wish possible.