Marvel Television and Netflix announced that Mustafa Shakir (The Deuce, The Night Of) and Gabrielle Dennis (Insecure, Rosewood) have joined the cast in Marvel's Luke Cage Season 2, set to premiere in 2018. All 13-episodes of the first season of Marvel's Luke Cage are now streaming on Netflix. Shakir has been cast as 'John McIver,' a natural leader, brimming with charisma, whose mission is focused on Harlem and vengeance. Dennis will play the role of 'Tilda Johnson' who is a brilliant, holistic doctor with a complicated history in Harlem where, as much as she tries to stay far from trouble, it seems to always find her. Here's what executive producer Jeph Loeb had to say in a statement.
"Mustafa's incredible presence and power ignited us from our first meeting, and Gabrielle brings the charm and smarts to a very complicated role. Both will be wonderful additions to our already magnificent cast."
Shakir and Dennis will join returning cast members Mike Colter as Luke Cage, a.k.a. Power Man, Simone Missick as Misty Knight, Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple, Alfre Woodard as Mariah Dillard and Theo Rossi as Shades. Fans will next get to see Luke Cage, Misty Knight and Claire Temple in the new Marvel and Netflix series The Defenders, which brings together all four of Hell's Kitchen's heroes, Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Iron Fist (Finn Jones), which has been slated to debut on Friday, August 18 on the Netflix streaming service. Here's what showrunner/executive producer Cheo Hodari Coker had to say about these casting additions for Luke Cage Season 2.
"I can't wait for audiences to see the compelling paces we put both Mustafa and Gabrielle through. From the moment you see each of them on screen, I feel they will be powerful additions to the world of Marvel and Harlem's Luke Cage."
Netflix renewed Luke Cage for Season 2 back in December 2016, but there was talk that none of the new seasons for the four individual shows would arrive until 2018. That report was confirmed when it was revealed that new seasons of Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage will arrive on the Netflix streaming service sometime in 2018. No details have been given about this new season of Luke Cage, or when production may begin on Luke Cage Season 2.
After a sabotaged experiment leaves him with super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) becomes a man trying to rebuild his life in modern day Harlem, New York City. Marvel's Luke Cage is Executive Produced by Cheo Hodari Coker (Ray Donovan, Southland) and Aida Croal (The Returned, True Blood) as Co-Executive Producer, along with Jeph Loeb (Marvel's Punisher, Marvel's Inhumans), and Jim Chory (Marvel's Punisher, Marvel's Inhumans). Mustafa Shakir will next be seen on the big screen in Fight Your Way Out and The Pretenders. Gabrielle Dennis most recently starred in the Fox TV series Rosewood, and she will next be seen on the big screen in Universal's Girls Trip, in theaters July 21.