Luke Cage landed with a bang last year, with Netflix confirming it’d be returning for a second season almost immediately after the first was released. But, until now, predictions of the further adventures of the bulletproof badass were confined to what’ll happen in The Defenders, which has just finished shooting.
With that in the can, production is now beginning on season 2 of Luke Cage and there’s been some tantalizing casting calls leaked, courtesy of That Hashtag Show:
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
THS has done a bit of guessing about which character Byron might be, and they’re betting on Bushmaster, a recurring snake-themed villain for Luke Cage, with a more tentative guess that Tamara is a gender-swapped re-working of Luke Cage’s long-lost brother. Neither seems like a really convincing answer to me, but then again, Power Man doesn’t have the widest rogues gallery.
I was hoping we’d finally see my favourite Luke Cage villain make his way to the screen, but it seems I may have to wait a while longer to see a big budget re-imagining of amphibian gangster Mr. Fish, a small town crook who becomes exposed to radioactive material and is turned into a half-man, half-fish creature. He parlays his grotesque appearance into becoming a crime boss, with his superhuman talents (according to my Marvel Encyclopaedia) being “enhanced strength and a fish-like appearance.” Come on Netflix, Mr. Fish could be the new Joker! He just needs a chance to shine.
More on Luke Cage season 2 as we have it.