Netflix is out to conquer their own corner of the Marvel Universe, slowing building out one stand alone superhero show after another, before launching the mini-series event The Defenders. Their first foray into the superhero genre was a success with Daredevil, which received both critical acclaim and was one of the streaming service’s most-watched series. Next up is Jessica Jones, and directly after that will be Luke Cage, a production that has been gaining momentum, as former gets closer to its proposed streaming date.
Cage will center around the wrongfully imprisoned Luke Cage (Mike Colter), a man who develops superpowers after an experiment goes wrong, escapes from prison, and becomes a superhero-for-hire. Even though Cage won’t air until 2016, many have watched the production’s developments with great interest, since this show will so closely overlap with Daredevil and Jessica Jones. We can now reveal that a new actor has been cast in the show, rounding out the supporting players.
According to Deadline, Frank Whaley (Ray Donovan) has been cast in the role of Detective Scarfe, a tough detective who will presumably interact with Cage. While the amount of episodes he will be in has not yet been released we do know this is a recurring role. It also remains to be seen if Scarfe will turn out to be friend or foe to Cage. He could easily act as an antagonist trying to hunt him down, or as a friend in the precinct who’s there to lend a helping hand when he can.
This will be Whaley’s second foray into comic book adaptions, having recently appeared as Doug in FOX’s Gotham. The actor himself has been a staple in television and movies for close to three decades, though he is perhaps best known as Brett from Pulp Fiction. Most recently, he was seen on CBS’ Under The Dome, as Dr. Marston. His addition to the cast only adds to the growing list of talent Cage has accumulated, including fellow Ray Donovan alum Simone Missick as Missy/Misty Knight, Oscar-nominee Alfre Woodard as (possibly) Minetta, and Mahershala Ali (House of Cards) as Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes.
Of course, it remains to be seen if the script, production, and caliber of acting on Jessica Jones and Luke Cage will meet the new standard that Daredevil set, but with such an outstanding cast it’s hard to have anything but high expectations for Netflix’s upcoming shows.
Daredevil season 1 is currently available on Netflix. Jessica Jones releases in Fall 2015, followed by Luke Cage season 1 and Daredevil season 2 in 2016. Iron Fist and The Defenders will arrive sometime thereafter.
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