Marvel and Netflix have announced that actor Mustafa Shakir (“The Deuce,” “The Night Of”) and actress Gabrielle Dennis (“Insecure,” “Rosewood”) have joined the cast of the upcoming second season.
Shakir will play John McIver, better known as Bushmaster, is described as a “natural leader brimming with charisma, whose mission is focused on Harlem and vengeance.”
Dennis has been cast as Tilda Johnson, known as Nightshade, Deadly Nightshade and Nighthawk, 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.”
“I can’t wait for audiences to see the compelling paces we put both Mustafa and Gabrielle through,” said “Marvel’s Luke Cage” executive producer and showrunner, Cheo Hodari Coker. “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.”
“Mustafa’s incredible presence and power ignited us from our first meeting, and Gabrielle brings the charm and smarts to a very complicated role,” remarked executive producer, Jeph Loeb. “Both will be wonderful additions to our already magnificent cast.”
Shakir and Dennis will join returning cast members Mike Colter as ‘Luke Cage,’ Simone Missick as ‘Misty Knight,’ Rosario Dawson as ‘Claire Temple,’ Alfre Woodard as ‘Mariah Dillard,’ and Theo Rossi as ‘Shades.’
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 Aïda 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”).