Marvel has announced that Cheo Hodari Coker will serve as executive producer and showruner for the Luke Cage series which will be released on Netflix in 2016. His previously work in television includes the wildly popular series Ray Donovan, the underrated sci-fi series Almost Human along with the cop drama SouthLAnd.
Coker will be the first person of color Marvel Studios has hired for a major role within the MCU, and could setup some interesting names when it comes time to decide who should direct Black Panther. Talk of the town is that Marvel is strongly considering minority directors to make Panther.
I’m a huge fan of Almost Human so his inclusion is beyond smart on the part of Marvel.
Check out the official press release from Marvel below.
Netflix & Marvel Television announced today that Cheo Hodari Coker will serve as executive producer and showrunner of the anticipated series, “Marvel’s Luke Cage.” Coker is writing the first two episodes of the series that will premiere in 2016, everywhere that Netflix is available.
CHEO HODARI COKER
Most recently, Coker served as a co-executive producer on the second season of “Ray Donovan,” and prior to that was a supervising producer on the critically-acclaimed, fourth season of the drama “SouthLAnd.” Coker was a part of the “SouthLAnd” team that earned the show a 2012 Peabody Award. Coker also garnered a 2013 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing for a Dramatic Series for his work on that show. Coker’s feature film credits include Fox Searchlight’s rap biopic “Notorious.” He authored the book “Unbelievable: The Life, Death, and Afterlife of The Notorious B.I.G.” as well. Coker started his writing career in journalism and was a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times and contributed to VIBE, Rolling Stone, Essence, among other publications. He is a graduate of Stanford University.
It was previously announced that Mike Colter (“The Good Wife,” “American Horror Story: Coven”) will play the charismatic lead character, Luke Cage, in the series.
“Marvel’s Luke Cage” is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.
Mike Colter of course is playing Luke Cage and will be first seen as the character in Jessica Jones. The actual release date is unknown but it might be ready to go around this time next year, taking-over the Daredevil April release spot.