Marvel Thursday night announced that Mahershala Ali had joined the cast of the Netflix series Marvel’s Luke Cage as Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes.
Stokes, a Harlem nightclub owner, will become an unexpected foe in Luke’s life when Stokes’ criminal activities threaten Luke’s world.
“Mahershala is an actor of extraordinary range and gravitas. As Cottonmouth he will really let loose,” said Executive Producer/Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb to Marvel. “Luke Cage won’t know what hit him.”
Marvel’s Luke Cage stars Mike Colter as Luke Cage. Showrunner and Executive Producer Cheo Hodari Coker is working on the script for the first two episodes.
Marvel’s Luke Cage is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios and will be available on Netflix in 2016.