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The Hollywood Reporter has broken news that Mike Colter has been cast as the lead in Marvel’s Luke Cage Netflix series. The actor is to first appear as the Hero For Hire in ‘AKA Jessica Jones’ before moving on to head his own show.

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A relative unknown, Colter is best known for appearing recently in TV show ‘American Horror Story’ and on the big screen in ‘Men In Black 3’ and ‘Salt.’ Melissa Rosenberg, Executive Producer and Showrunner for Marvel’s Netflix shows said “Mike embodies the strength, edge and depth of Luke Cage. We’re excited to have him bring this iconic Marvel character to life.”

Having first been linked with the role in November, Mike Colter quickly moved to front-runner for the part after taking part in chemistry readings with actresses vying for the role of Jessica Jones. Krysten Ritter was susequently revealed as being playing the lead in the ‘AKA Jessica Jones’ show. Both Cage and Jones have become big players in Marvel comics in recent years, with the duo being married and Cage becoming an Avenger.

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