Casting roundup: Luke Cage Season 2 gets a Big Bad, while Venom and Grudge reboot fill out casts

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Mar 15, 2018

In the slightly paraphrased words of the Captain painting from SpongeBob SquarePants, are ya ready... for another round of casting news?! Of course you are, because the latest round of cast additions involve the second season of Luke Cage on Netflix, and two major Sony projects: Venom and a reboot of The Grudge

First up is Power Man and pals, who just welcomed Sopranos actress Annabella Sciorra (above) for Season 2. She will play Rosalie Carbone, a New York crime lord with her sights on Harlem. In the comics, Carbone is a member of Mafia royalty who became attracted to a new member of the crime family, Johnny Tower. When Tower actually turned out to be Frank Castle, The Punisher, she felt betrayed, angry, and hurt. When her father died and her uncle disappeared, Rosalie inherited the family's money and dedicated a good portion of the money to hunting down and killing Mr. Castle. 

“I’ve been a huge fan of hers since Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever, and Anabella Sciorra is no joke as Rosalie Carbone,” Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker told Entertainment Weekly. “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.” 

A teaser trailer was recently released for Season 2, which will arrive June 22.


 

The next two bits of casting updates come from Sony Pictures, which is currently working hard to deliver a Venom origin movie and a reboot of the Japanese horror film The Grudge.

Venom has added Nigerian-born actress Sope Aluko, according to Deadline. Aluko recently appeared in Marvel Studios' Black Panther as Shaman and had other small bits in Pitch Perfect, Identity Thief, and Zoo. There are no details yet on her role in the Venom film, which is directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) and starring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock. Co-starring Michelle Williams, Jenny Slate, and Riz Ahmed, the project gets a theatrical release Oct. 5. A teaser was released in February, but some fans were disappointed at the egregious lack of Venom.

And finally, we come to The Grudge, which is being written and directed by Nicolas Pesce (The Eyes of My Mother). According to Variety, Mexican actor Demián Bichir has joined the reboot and will star alongside Andrea Riseborough, who was already attached. Bichir is known for his work in The Hateful Eight (Bob), Alien: Covenant, (Lope), and the upcoming horror/thriller The Nun

The first two movies, released by Columbia Pictures and co-produced by Sam Raimi, received theatrical releases in 2004 and 2006, respectively. Together, they received mixed reviews and made a little over $250 million at the box office. Based on the Japanese Ju-on film series, the American remakes focus on a terrible curse in Tokyo that brings ruin on anyone unfortunate to inhabit the house in the Suginami ward where the curse first began. A third installment, The Grudge 3, was sent straight to home video in 2009 and was a decent success, despite negative reception, making $38.6 million over its $5 million budget.

Raimi is returning to produce the reboot, telling Variety that the production is planning to make a film that "explores the horrors of American suburbia.”