When we brought you the news that Luke Cage Season 2 had begun production, we told you we would have more for you soon and now, in collaboration with our great partners at That Hashtag Show, we are ready to deliver. We have our hands on the character breakdowns for two series regulars.
[BYRON] 30 – 45, 6’0 or taller, Jamaican, but open to Black Caribbean or African Descent. The smartest man any room, the most effortlessly powerful man in any situation. A natural leader, brimming with resentment, but focused on justice. Physically fit and wildly intelligent. Speaks with a native accent from Jamaica / Caribbean / Africa, etc. SERIES REGULAR
[TAMARA] mid-20’s – early 30’s, African American, female, earthy. A brilliant, confident business owner who prides herself on her independence.. As much as she tries to stay far from trouble, it seems to always find her. ACTORS MUST BE STRONG SINGERS. SERIES REGULAR
Audition videos surfaced for both of these characters, but have since been removed. In the videos, actor Evan Parke (King Kong, Django Unchained) read for the role of “Byron” and actress Amina Robinson(Precious, 5 to 7) seemed to be reading for the role of “Tamara.” While we’re happy to bring you the breakdowns, it wouldn’t be fun if we didn’t add some speculation about who we think the two actors may be portraying. While we certainly aren’t always right (our guess about “Ingrid” in the Jessica Jones breakdowns was off, though the audition video certainly seemed to indicate she might know Mary…), we love bringing these to you along with our guesses.
Our best guesses:
While we don’t know exactly where the beginning of season two will find the Power Man, we do know that Doctor Burstein, the man responsible for giving Cage his powers, is still operating on the less than ethical side of medicine. When we last saw him, he was visiting a beat up Willis Stryker in the hospital with the intention of making him stronger. It seems that one part of season two might involved Burstein’s attempts to replicate the experiment that gave Cage his abilities and one comic book character who willingly underwent the experiment in the comics was John McIver, aka Bushmaster.
Everything about Bushmaster fits the bill for Byron. Bushmaster was a powerful Caribbean crime lord who worked his way through the European Maggia before heading to New York City. From the video, it seems as if Bushmaster will be running some legitimate businesses in New York and decides to pay a surprise visit to the Big Apple. It’s possible that the recent turmoil in and around the city has gotten his attention and he decides it’s time to make his move.
Bushmaster’s inclusion presents the opportunity for several interesting subplots involving Misty Knight, Danny Rand, Shades Alvarez and even a child, which is mentioned in the audition video. Other iterations of the Bushmaster mantle present the character as a snake-themed villain and we all know how the Luke Cage mythology loves snakes. Even though this is just speculation, we feel pretty confident that we are going to see Bushmaster in Season 2.
“Tamara”-Luke Cage’s Sister
“But Luke Cage doesn’t have a sister in the comics!” No. No he doesn’t. He did, however, have a brother, James Lucas Jr., who lived most of his life avoiding Carl to the point that he no longer knew whether or not he was alive. Based on the audition video, we think it’s possible that Marvel TV might be adapting James into a sister. Furthermore, the video seems to indicate that “Tamara” is interacting with her mother, who would be Etta Lucas, seen briefly in season one. Etta and James turned their backs on Carl when he served time at Seagate Prison and next to nothing about what went on in their lives afterward is known. It’s not hard to imagine they had a second, younger child and, rather than deal with the shame of their son being a criminal, told her he was dead.
It’s worth noting that in the comics, James also acquires abilities via experimentation by Dr. Karl Malus, who you may remember from our Jessica Jones Season 2 breakdowns, and becomes the supervillain Coldfire. Could we see Luke’s sister gain powers and could the fact that Jessica Jones and Luke Cage are filming simultaneously lead to some more character crossovers? Time will tell.
There it is once again, readers. On the footsteps of our Jessica Jones character breakdowns we’ve been fortunate enough to be able to bring you two major characters for Luke Cage’s second season. As always, we’re happy to hear alternate suggestions! Let us know!!