The stars have aligned with Marvel's Cloak & Dagger TV show for Freeform! Former Disney Channel star and Hollywood Records recording artist Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph (The Night Of, Run All Night) will star as Tandy Bowen, a.k.a. Dagger, and Tyrone Johnson, a.k.a. Cloak! Here's what showrunner and Executive Producer Joe Pokaski had to say about their casting.
"The characters of Tandy and Tyrone have always stood out to me ever since I first met them in the pages of Marvel comics when I was a boy. When Olivia and Aubrey read for the roles, these characters leapt off the page. We're so excited to see what these talented young actors bring to the Marvel Universe."
Marvel's Cloak & Dagger is a coming-of-age series based on the beloved Marvel characters. Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson come from starkly different backgrounds, each growing up with a secret they never dared share with another soul. Once a privileged little girl, Tandy Bowen watched as her family was destroyed by a disastrous storm that uprooted her life. Now in her late teens, an unexpected encounter with a boy named Tyrone sparks a life changing event. Young Tyrone Johnson wanted nothing more than to prove he was fearless. But when everything he held close was taken away, life taught Tyrone to be afraid. Now older and more sheltered, Tyrone closes himself off. But when he meets a girl named Tandy his life changes forever. Here's what Jeph Loeb, Head of Marvel Television and Executive Producer, had to say in his statement.
"Marvel is delighted to have found our Cloak and Dagger. Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph encompass the true essence of the characters and we are excited for the audience to see them in these roles."
Marvel's Cloak and Dagger is produced by Marvel Television and ABC Signature Studios. This new series was originally supposed to debut in 2017, but it was reported in November that the show was being pushed for a Winter 2018 debut. The series was given a straight-to-series order by Marvel Television in April. Now that the two main stars have been set, it's possible that the studio is getting ready to start production in the near future, but that has not been confirmed quite yet.
In the comics, Cloak can teleport through the 'dimension of darkness,' with his powers similar to Doctor Strange. He's also capable of leaving his foes trapped in this otherworldly dimension. Dagger can create light daggers with her mind, which she is capable of controlling. These light daggers can both drain life, and replenish and heal. Bill Mantlo and Ed Hannigan created these Marvel characters for the Spectacular Spider-Man comic book series, with the two often interacting with Peter Parker. The pair have also fought alongside the X-Men, The Runaways, Doctor Strange and Captain America, and they even fought as part of the Secret Avengers group in the Civil War comic book story arc. ABC Family had previously attempted to turn Cloak and Dagger into a TV show back in 2010, with the story set in New Orleans. That series never got off the ground, and Marvel Studios even played with the idea of a feature film revolving around the two characters, but that never happened either. Hopefully we'll have more casting updates soon on Cloak and Dagger.