After years of rumors about a potential Netflix series or even a movie, Marvel’s teen heroes Cloak & Dagger are finally getting the live-action treatment. Revolving around the story of two teens who gain powers after being abducted by a mad scientist, Cloak & Dagger fast become inseparable and begin not only a romantic relationship, but a crime fighting duo. The series, which is set to begin filming later this month along with The Runaways, will air on Freeform sometime in 2018 most likely.
Recently, we learned who at least one of the directors of the series would be, and know that Heroes producer Joe Polaski will be serving as showrunner. We also learned two weeks ago that Aubrey Joseph and Olivia Holt would be playing the leads, Tyrone Johnson and Tandy Bowen. With a start to production right around the corner, we now know some of the other actors who will be filling out the show’s ensemble.
Thanks to an announcement by Marvel, we’ve got the names of six new actors and the characters they’ll be playing on Cloak & Dagger. Check out the names below, along with some brief character descriptions.
Andrea Roth (Rescue Me) as Melissa Bowen, Tandy’s mother, “who is the eternal optimist despite the struggles to adapt to her new existence. While complex and emotionally composed, her love for her daughter burns bright.”
Gloria Reuben (Mr. Robot) as Adina Johnson, Tyrone’s mother, “invests every aspect of her being into giving her son the life she believes he deserves. But she props up and protects Tyrone so much she almost forgets to love him.”
Miles Mussenden (Queen Sugar) as Michael Johnson, Tyrone’s father, “who trudges through his desk job to keep his family safe and happy. Mr. Johnson is a working class father does what he can to ensure his son will grow up to be a great man.”
Carl Lundstedt (Conviction) as Liam, “a salt-of-the-earth townie who operates as Tandy’s partner in crime while moonlighting as her boyfriend. But underneath his rough-around-the-edges appearance, Liam has big dreams.”
James Saito (Life of Pi) as Dr. Bernard Sanjo, “an emotional cornerstone in Tyrone’s life; they have a most unusual relationship.”
J.D. Evermore (The Walking Dead) as Detective Connors, “who is a contradiction of a man, embracing an intimidating persona that overcompensates for a secret he keeps close to the vest.”
While the parents of the Runaways, also known as the villainous Pride, play more of a role in the life of their kids, Tandy and Tyrone’s folks are barely a blip on the radar in comics. Tyrone’s mother is never named, and his father’s name was changed from Otis for the show. Tandy’s mother shares her comic counterpart’s name, but there’s no word whether her father, the villain known as the Lord of Light, will be appearing. It’s far more likely that Mister Negative, a rogue created using the same expeirmental drug that gave Tandy and Tyrone their abilities, will be the show’s primary antagonist. All three are the product of Dr. Simon Marshall, who could be swapped out for Dr. Sanjo. Sanjo along with Liam and Detective Connors appear to be original characters, proving that Marvel is sticking to the formula established by Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
As we get closer to the filming start date for the show, we’re likely to learn a lot more about characters and the general plot. For now, the character teases we’ve been given make it seem as if Tandy and Tyrone already have their abilities prior to meeting. Whatever changes are made, Cloak & Dagger will certainly play their part in helping the MCU expand its world with teen heroes.
Cloak & Dagger will reportedly debut on Freeform in 2018.