Another day, another cast member has been added to Marvel’s Luke Cage. Marvel has just announced that actor Mahershala Ali has joined the cast as Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes. It was originally rumored that Cottonmouth would be the villain for the first season back in July, but at the time it was nothing more than a rumor.
Here’s the full press release from Marvel:
“Marvel’s Luke Cage” has found its Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes with the casting of Mahershala Ali (“House of Cards,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay –Parts 1 & 2”). The series will premiere in 2016 everywhere that Netflix is available.
Stokes, a Harlem nightclub owner, will become an unexpected foe in Luke’s life when Stokes’ criminal activities threaten Luke’s world.
“Mahershala is an actor of extraordinary range and gravitas. As Cottonmouth he will really let loose,” said Executive Producer/Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb. “Luke Cage won’t know what hit him.”
Luke Cage which is currently filming in New York is expected to hit Netflix sometime in 2016.