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Alfre Woodard Joining Luke Cage Series In Major Role

Alfre Woodard will be joining Daredevil's Vincent D'Onofrio (Kingpin) and Jessica Jones's David Tennant (Kilgrave) in what is likely to become the latest lead villain in a Marvel / Netflix show.

Deadline has reported that Woodard's character is as a powerful New York politician called Minetta. While unconfirmed, Variety believes her alter-ego will be a professional criminal, drug dealer and leader of a team of thugs called the Rat Pack called Black Mariah, a major villain of both Luke Cage and the upcoming Luke Cage.

Luke Cage is the third Marvel / Netflix collaboration, with Cheo Hodari Coker serving as executive producer and showrunner. The show's star Mike Colter will first appear in Jessica Jones as a love interest for that character. It is not known if this is the show that will see Cage granted super strength by a sabotaged experiment, whether his powers will be established in his own show, or prior to both.

Jessica Jones will debut on Netflix by the end of the year with Luke Cage at some point in 2016.

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