Marvel’s ‘Luke Cage’ TV Series Sets Cheo Hodari Coker as Showrunner
We’re just over a week from the premiere of Marvel’s first Netflix venture Daredevil, with AKA Jessica Jones hot on his heels in production, and now the big M has set its sights on Mike Colter’s Luke Cage. Ray Donovan and Southland alum Cheo Hodari Coker has been chosen as showrunner and executive producer for the series, while the character himself will debut later this year.
Per Marvel’s official announcement, Coker will also write the first two installments of Netflix’s Luke Cage, set to formally premiere in 2016. Mike Colter himself will first appear as the famous hero-for-hire in episodes of 2015’s AKA Jessica Jones, opposite Krysten Ritter as the title character.
In addition to co-executive producing the second season of Showtime’s Ray Donovan, or his Peabody Award-winning work on TNT’s Southland, Coker’s other credits include feature rap biopic Notorious, as well as authoring the book Unbelievable: The Life, Death, and Afterlife of The Notorious B.I.G. Coker also fits well into Marvel’s “street-level” approach to The Defenders, having previously maintained a writing career in journalism among the staff of the Los Angeles Times, as well as contributing to VIBE, Rolling Stone, Essence, and more.
We don’t yet know when AKA Jessica Jones will debut on Netflix in 2015, following the April 10 premiere of Marvel’s Daredevil, though Luke Cage may follow the man without fear into a similar 2016 timeframe. Who else should Marvel set on the cast and creative side for Luke Cage?