Marvel's Luke Cage has cast The Sopranos actress Annabella Sciorra as a new villain, Rosalie Carbone, in the upcoming second season of the street-level superhero show. Season 2 of Marvel's Jessica Jones only recently arrived on Netflix, but already fans are looking ahead to the next addition to the Defenders mini-verse, which will see Mike Colter return as the titular bulletproof protector of Harlem.
Season 1 of Luke Cage created some hard acts to follow on the villain front: Mahershala Ali, who later went on to win an Oscar for his role in Moonlight, played the charismatic Cottonmouth; Alfre Woodard played unscrupulous politician Mariah Dillard; and Erik LaRay Harvey played Luke's half-brother Willis Stryker a.k.a. Diamondback. With Cottonmouth dead and Diamondback arrested, however, there's now a power gap in Harlem's criminal underworld - and Rosalie Carbone is stepping in to fill that gap.
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As with previous Luke Cage villains, Rosalie is lifted straight from the comics - primarily from the Punisher: War Journal and Punisher: War Zone series - where she was a member of the Carbone crime family. Based on the character details given to EW, the TV version of Rosalie won't stray too far from the source material. Sciorra's Rosalie is described as "a dangerous downtown criminal underworld power player with an eye, and an agenda, toward Harlem." Presumably she is no longer a Mafia princess, as she was in the earlier comics, but is in charge of all the Carbone family's nefarious operations.
Sciorra is no stranger to crime drama, having starred in thrillers like The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, Romeo is Bleeding and Cop Land, and she also played Tony Soprano's love interest Gloria Trillo in The Sopranos. Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker explained to EW that he's been a longtime follower of Sciorra's work.
"I’ve been a huge fan of hers since Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever, and Annabella Sciorra is no joke as Rosalie Carbone... You haven’t seen her this gangster since her thrilling turn as Tony’s formidable flame Gloria Trillo on season 3 of The Sopranos. I’m thrilled her introduction to the Marvel Universe will be on Marvel’s Luke Cage."
The official synopsis for Luke Cage season 2 mentioned "the rise of a formidable new foe" who will force Luke to "confront the fine line that separates a hero from a villain." It seems safe to assume that Rosalie Carbone is this formidable foe - and with the power of a crime syndicate behind her, she could cook up a whole lot of trouble.
Luke Cage season 2 will arrive on Netflix on June 22nd, 2018.