Marvel finally reveals Alfre Woodard's role on Luke Cage

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Sep 16, 2015, 12:28 PM EDT

We finally know who Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actress Alfre Woodard will play in Marvel and Netflix’s Luke Cage.

Marvel has finally revealed that the 12 Years a Slave actress had officially joined the cast of Luke Cage as Mariah Dillard in the Netflix series. The character is described as a local Harlem politician who's a cousin of Cornell “Cottonmouth" Stokes (Mahershala Ali). She's also said to be “looking to bring a new era to the streets she grew up on.” The character’s personal life, as well as her political career, will be thrown into turmoil not only by Harlem’s newest hero, Luke Cage (Mike Colter), but also by Cottonmouth’s big bad despicable acts.

When news got out that Alfre Woodard had been cast on Luke Cage almost a month ago, the story was that she’d be playing a character named Mariah (that was on point), and that she'd be a version of a Marvel Comics villain named Black Mariah, a criminal who's been an enemy to both our Hero for Hire and Iron Fist (who's also, as you may know, getting his own Netflix series). But from what Marvel is saying, it looks like Woodard’s character will be a good guy, at least for now.

Executive Producer and Head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb had this to say about Woodard joining the Netflix comic-book series: “Alfre has an incredible, unique, and intimidating presence on screen that makes her perfect as a leader of the Harlem community. We couldn’t be more excited that an actress as celebrated and talented as Alfre has decided to join us on this adventure.”

After a sabotaged experiment leaves him with super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) becomes a fugitive trying to rebuild his life in modern day Harlem, New York City. But he is soon pulled out of the shadows and must fight a battle for the heart of his city--forcing him to confront a past he had tried to bury.

What do you think of Alfre Woodard’s role on Marvel's upcoming superhero series? Are you excited to see the talented actress join the cast? Luke Cage will premiere on Netflix sometime in 2016.

(via Marvel)