‘Luke Cage’ Adds Mustafa Shakir and Gabrielle Dennis

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Mustafa Shakir and Gabrielle Dennis join ‘Marvel’s Luke Cage’ (Photos Courtesy of Marvel)

Netflix and Marvel Television announced the cast of Marvel’s Luke Cage season two has increased by two. Mustafa Shakir (The Deuce, The Night Of) and Gabrielle Dennis (Insecure, Rosewood) will be joining Luke Cage‘s returning stars Mike Colter as Luke Cage, Alfre Woodard as Mariah Dillard, Simone Missick as Misty Knight, Theo Rossi as Shades, and Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple for the 13 episode second season. Cheo Hodari Coker (Ray Donovan), Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s Punisher), and Jim Chory (Marvel’s Inhumans) executive produce. A premiere date hasn’t been confirmed, however Netflix is targeting a 2018 debut.

Per Marvel’s official announcement, Mustafa Shakir will be playing John McIver, “a natural leader, brimming with charisma, whose mission is focused on Harlem and vengeance.” Gabrielle Dennis is going to play Tilda Johnson, “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,” stated 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,” said executive producer Jeph Loeb. “Both will be wonderful additions to our already magnificent cast.”

The Marvel’s Luke Cage Plot: 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.