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‘Jessica Jones’ Producers Share Details on How Involved Luke Cage Will Be in the Series

'Jessica Jones' Producers Share Details on How Involved Luke Cage Will Be in the Series

UPDATE: “Jessica Jones” executive producer/showrunner Melissa Rosenberg just told “Entertainment Tonight” at the TCA: “I think I’m allowed to say: Rosario Dawson will be dropping in… Smaller characters that populated that world will be popping in.” So I guess we can confirm that Claire Temple (the character Dawson played in “Daredevil”) will cross paths with Jessica Jones. Earlier this year, Dawson did ink an agreement with Marvel/Netflix that will see her character appear in other series based on Marvel characters, and potentially movies as well. 

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Cheo Hodari Coker will serve as executive producer and showrunner of the much-anticipated Netflix & Marvel Television series, “Marvel’s Luke Cage.” 

Coker will also write the first 2 episodes of the series, which will premiere in 2016 on Netflix. 

Coker’s credits include serving as a co-executive producer on the second season of “Ray Donovan,” and was a supervising producer on the critically-acclaimed, 4th season of the drama “SouthLAnd.” Coker was a part of the “SouthLAnd” team that earned the show a 2012 Peabody Award. His feature film credits include Fox Searchlight’s Notorious B.I.G. biopic “Notorious,” and he authored the book “Unbelievable: The Life, Death, and Afterlife of The Notorious B.I.G.” as well. 

As we already know, Mike Colter will play the Luke Cage in the series. 

Before it premieres, the character will make his debut on the “Jessica Jones” Netflix/Marvel series which will come later on this year – all part of Netflix’s announced strategy that will see the streaming platform release a new Marvel superhero series every six months, each focusing on members of a group of comic book heroes called The Defenders – a kind of street-level Avengers team. 

The first in the series, “Daredevil,” premiered earlier this year to rave reviews. Up next will be the “Jessica Jones” series, whose release is still currently undated. Although Chief Content Officer at Netflix, Ted Sarandos, shared at TCA earlier this week that the streaming platform will debut “Jessica Jones” by the end of 2015, which is inline with its announced “every 6 months” release strategy. Given that “Daredevil” premiered in April, I’d look for “Jessica Jones” (and thus Luke Cage’s debut) during the last quarter of the year – some time in October through December. 

And after “Jessica Jones,” Iron Fist and Luke Cage series will follow in 2016.

Each of the above 4 series will be supplemented by a “Defenders” series whose characters include all 4 characters: Daredevil, Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage. They will join forces in a combined “Defenders” season after each has been introduced with its own first season, which I’d assume will come in 2017 or 2018. 

So what can we expect from Luke Cage’s “Jessica Jones” debut, since, really, we’ve know very little about how involved the character will be in that series – whether it’ll just be a cameo appearance as a lead-in into his own series next year, or something more extensive? We know that Jessica Jones later becomes Jessica Jones Cage. The last name there should give you a hint as to what that means for the character. In short, Jones eventually marries Luke Cage. The couple had a daughter as well.

At the TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour this week, “Jessica Jones” executive producer/showrunner Melissa Rosenberg and executive producer Jeph Loeb shared new details on the key characters in the upcoming series, and the actors who were cast to play them. Here’s the section on Luke Cage, courtesy of IGN: “What’s great about it is that, first of all, you get to meet Mike Colter and I think that’s really the thing that’s most generous of what Melissa did is to allow this show to offer him an opportunity for people to get to know him. He is important to the show and he is important to the story of Jessica Jones and who she is. It would not be Jessica Jones unless you at least understood how Luke affected her life and where she is. What’s wonderful about it is they’re still very early on in this world so who he is and what he’s doing and where he is in his story, allows us to tell a great deal of story that happens before and story that happens afterwards. So you’re getting him not quite in the middle, but sort of in the early part of the middle. So when we get to start on the Luke Cage show, you’ll have hopefully watched Jessica, so you know who Luke is, but his story and where he came from and most importantly where he’s going is what that series is about and so it will very much feel like you can watch that show and never have seen Jessica. But in the same kind of way, there’s something about — there’s only a handful of us that can actually say this — there’s something about watching Jessica that makes it feel like the same world as Daredevil but there’s nothing in it that makes you say “I wish I had watched Daredevil to understand what is going on.” It exists in it’s own way in the same kind of way that Daredevil exists in it’s own way and Luke Cage will be the same way and so will Iron Fist. Each will be a way of introducing the characters to the audience so that when they all do get together, you’ll have that same experience that you have when you went to go see the Avengers. It was sort of an extraordinarily bright light bulb that appeared above my head when I went “Oh, I see. Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America, make those movies then go make the Avengers movie. Let’s see…. Take the street level heroes and let’s see whether or not we can get to the Defenders.” We just needed a platform that was able to tell those stories in a way that they could be uniquely their own and in the same kind of way, exist in the same world and that’s what Netflix afforded us to be able to do.”

So clearly, while it’s definitely Jones’ series, as it should be, Cage won’t be relegated entirely to the periphery. From what is shared above, it reads like Colter will have lots of screen time, and his character will be more involved than I originally imagined. It’s not mentioned, but I suppose we should then assume that Jessica Jones will also appear in the stand-alone Luke Cage series. 

Read the rest from IGN here.

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